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FIRE COMMISSION 

City & County of San Francisco 



Rosemarie Fernandez-Pifer, President 
'0 CO Hadley Roff, Vice President 

Stephen Nakajo, Commissioner 
•"L Russell Roeca, Commissioner 

Ted Soulis, Commissioner 




698 Second Street 

San Francisco, CA 94107-2015 

Telephone 415.558.3451 

Fax 415. 558.3413 

Tania Bauer, Secretary 



No. 00-03 



MINUTES OF THE FIRE COMMISSION 



Regular Meeting - Thursday - February 10, 2000 - 6:00 p.m. 

698 Second Street, Room 1 02 






Item 
No. 



1. ON ROLL CALL, the following were noted present: 

Acting President Hadley Roff 
Commissioner Stephen A. Nakajo 
Commissioner Russell S. Roeca 
Commissioner Ted N. Soulis 



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President Rosemarie Fernandez-Pifer resigned effective February 4, 2000. 

Acting President Roff acknowledged the resignation of President Rosemarie Fernandez-Pifer 
and noted that she was a valued member of the Commission. President Fernandez-Pifer*s 
background in law, especially civil rights and personnel issues, provided her with intelligent 
insight into the many issues faced by the Commission during her tenure. Acting President Roff 
reiterated that she will be truly missed and that it had been a privilege to serve with her. 



Robert L. Demmons 
Harold E. Gamble 
Joseph C. Asaro 



Chief of Department 

Deputy Chief, Operations 

Deputy Chief, Administration (Acting) 



Assistant Deputy Chiefs - Staff : 

Lorrie A. Kalos Management Services 



Ray Balzarini 
Joanne Hayes-White 

Chief Officers - Staff: 



Division of Airports 
Support Services 



Marshal Isaacs, M.D. Emergency Medical Services 

Chief Officers - Firefiqhtinq Services : 

Paul J.Tabacco Division 1 

Frank Cercos Division 2 

Arthur W. Kenney Division 3 



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2. APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES 

Regular Meeting of January 27, 2000. 

Commissioner Roeca moved and Commissioner Soulis seconded. There were no questions or 
discussion and the minutes were approved as presented. 

3. CONSENT CALENDAR 

All matters listed hereunder (Items "A" through "E" with the exception of "F" and "G") constitute 
a Consent Calendar, were considered to be routine by the Fire Commission, and were acted 
upon by a single roll-call vote of the Commission. At the request of Firefighter John Darmanin, 
Acting President Roff directed that "Items "F" and "G" be removed from the Consent Calendar. 

A. Monthly Reports 

Division of Training 

Submitting monthly report from Division of Training concerning activities performed during 
January 2000. 

Division of Management Services 

Submitting monthly report from Division of Management Services concerning activities 
performed during November and December, 1999. 

Physician's Reports 

Submitting biweekly reports of Fire Department Physician concerning disability injuries from 
December 25, 1999 through January 7, 2000, and January 8 through January 21, 2000. 

B. Appointments 

Reporting the following PROBATIONARY appointments effective JANUARY 22, 2000: 

2532 Paramedic 

Sean Parkin Nathan Shapiro 

James Green Joel Newton 

Michael Day Kirt Thomason 
Andrew Logan 

(The above seven 2532 Paramedics are appointed vice 2532 Permanent Exempt position) 

Reinstatement 

Reporting the reinstatement of Jean Duncan from Permanent H1 Fire Rescue Paramedic 
position to Permanent 2532 Paramedic position, effective January 23, 2000. 

Temporary Appointments 

Reporting having made 339 temporary appointments December 25, 1999 through January 7, 
2000, and 274 temporary appointments January 8 through January 21, 2000. 

C. Retirements 

Communications received from Retirement Board indicating the following members have retired: 

Name Rank Type of Retirement Retirement Date 

White, Patrick W. 0150 Deputy Chief, Adm. Service Jan. 06, 2000 

Koenig, William G. H20 Lieutenant Service Jan. 10, 2000 

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Dobshinsky, John 
Matza, Brian R. 



H2 Firefighter Service Jan. 16, 2000 

H2 Firefighter Ind. Dis Jul. 01, 1997 

(Retirement Certificates will be presented at Fire Commission meeting of March 23, 2000) 



D. Military Leaves 

Submitting for approval applications from three members for Military Leaves of Absence with pay, 
in order to comply with Military Orders received from their commanding officers: 





Rank 


Dates 


Days 


Military Organization 


Purpose 


Meneses, Ferdinand 
Sgt. E-5 
Reed, Robert 
ST1 


H2 
FF 
H2 
FF 


01-25-00 
01-26-00 
01-29-00 
01-30-00 


2 
2 


US Army Res. 
Oakland, CA • 
US Coast Guard Res. 
Sausalito, CA 


Attend Active 
Duty Training 
Attend Active 
Duty Training 






02-19-00 
02-20-00 


2 


US Coast Guard Res. 
Sausalito, CA 


Attend Active 
Duty Training 






03-11-00 
03-12-00 


2 


US Coast Guard Res. 
Sausalito, CA 


Attend Active 
Duty Training 


Simon, Ramon 
Sgt. 


H2 
FF 


02-05-00 
02-06-00 


2 


US Air Force Res. 
Oakland, CA 


Attend Active 
Duty Training 


E. Resignation 













Submitting resignation of Probationary H3 Firefighter/Paramedic Michael Ahern, effective close of 
business January 17, 2000. (Resigned with satisfactory services. Started work 01-10-00.) 

F. Accidents (Removed from Consent Calendar) 

Submitting reports and recommendations of the Accident Committee regarding the following 
accidents: 



Accident 
No. 



Date 



Medic 41 99-0-131 12-24-99 

Drv: FR Paramedic Debra Tania 



Serial 
No. 

726 



Category 



Recommendation 



File 



Cause: Misjudged clearance - Medic 41 , while transporting patient to 

emergency facility, struck glass overhang of public toilet; Medic 41 
was travelling on the sidewalk due to confined conditions 

Truck 13 99-0-132 12-25-99 621 _ A 

Off: Lt. Zachary Pumphrey; Drv: FF Maurice Castain; Tlr: FF David Hawkins 

Cause: Misjudged clearance - While backing into quarters, Trk 13 struck 
building and apparatus door; guides were posted 

Truck 19 99-0-133 12-26-99 605 B 

Off: T/Capt. Mark Johnson; Drv: FF Howard Williams; Tlr: FF Eric Montalvo 

Cause: While backing into quarters, the tiller cab of Trk 19's relief aerial 
struck the ceiling above the apparatus floor . 



File 



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EMSRC4 99-0-134 12-26-99 919 A File 

Off: Paramedic Capt. Brett Powell 

Cause: EMS RC 4, while pulling out of Station 19, struck the cement guard 
in front of the station 

Rescue 2 99-0-135 12-31-99 881 A File 

Off: Lt. Steven Bokura; Drv: FF Walter Villavicencio 

Cause: While returning to station, the open rear compartment door of 
Rescue 2 struck the center divide 

Truck 12 99-0-136 01-03-00 610 A File 

Off: Lt. Richard Ames; Drv: FF Russell Lease; Tlr: FF Michael Fitzgerald 

Cause: Misjudgded clearance - Trk 12, while backing out of Station 40 
after refueling, struck a parked vehicle; guides were posted, but 
driver did not hear warning from both the guides and the tiller 

Engine 42 99-0-137 01-05-00 588 A File 

Off: T/Lt. Patrick Skain; Drv: FF Robert Blackburn 

Cause: Misjudged clearance - Eng 42, while making right turn into a 
narrow street, struck a parked vehicle 

Engine 10/SS-1 99-0-138 01-06-00 531/890 A File 

Off: Capt. Henry Larkin; Drv: FF Fred Meyer/FF Frank Flores 

Cause: Misjudged clearance - While backing into quarters, Svc Squad 1 
struck Eng 10; guides were posted 

Medic 7 99-0-139 01-08-00 734 B Bill 

Drv: FF/PM William Lafferty 

Cause: While Medic 7 was parked, a passing truck struck Medic 7's left 
side view mirror breaking it. 

Engine 9 99-0-140 01-09-00 590 A File 

Off: T/Lt. Frank Wong; Drv: FF Nakiah Kashima 

Cause: Misjudged clearance - Eng 9, while backing up in a narrow street, 
dented a parked vehicle 

Engine 1 99-0-141 01-09-00 513 C File 

Off: T/Lt. William Storti; Drv: FF Eric Botelho 

Cause: Misjudged clearance - Eng 1, attempting to change lanes, lightly 
struck a civilian vehicle 

Medic 8 99-0-142 01-11-00 724 B File 

Drv: Temp FF/PM Patrick Sabia 

Cause: While Medic 8 was responding and crossing intersection, a 

pedestrian ran against the red light and grazed Medic 8's mirror 

Category A - An accident which has occurred because of inattention to vehicle operator's and/or officer's 
responsibilities or because of misjudgment of clearance in operating apparatus near stationary objects. 



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Category B - An accident in which fire department personnel exercised reasonable judgment and precautions, 
exhibited good apparatus operator's and officer's skills and observed all state, local and fire department 
statutes, ordinances and rules. 

Category C - An accident which has occuned because of apparatus operator's misjudgment of clearance, 
deficiency in defensive driving techniques, or failure to anticipate other vehicle's movements. 

G. Unlitigated Claims (Removed from Consent Calendar) 

Submitting report from City Attorney's Office on unlitigated claims for December 1999: 

Name of Claimant Claim Amount Filed/Paid Accident Number/Category/Unit Date of Accident 

Brent LeBoa $1,396.07/$1 ,396.07 99-0-028 (A) Trk5 08-03-99 

Erin Osborne 1,158.08/ 892.23 property damage 06-20-99 

Virginia Mehegan 1,204.94/1,204.94 property damage 09-19-99 

Commissioner Roeca moved and Commissioner Nakajo seconded. There were no questions 
or discussion and Items "A" through "E," with the exception of Items "F" and "G," on the 
Consent Calendar were approved or ordered filed as appropriate. 

3. CONSENT CALENDAR (Items Removed) 

F. Accidents 

Submitting reports and recommendations of the Accident Committee regarding the following 
accidents: 

Accident Serial 

No. Date No. Category Recommendation 

Medic 41 99-0-131 12-24-99 726 A File 

Drv: FR Paramedic Debra Tania 

Cause: Misjudged clearance - Medic 41 , while transporting patient to 

emergency facility, struck glass overhang of public toilet; Medic 41 
was travelling on the sidewalk due to cofined conditions 

Truck 13 99-0-132 12-25-99 621 _ A File 

Off: Lt. Zachary Pumphrey; Drv: FF Maurice Castain; Tlr: FF David Hawkins 

Cause: Misjudged clearance - While backing into quarters, Trk 13 struck 
building and apparatus door; guides were posted 

Truck 19 99-0-133 12-26-99 605 B File 

Off: T/Capt. Mark Johnson; Drv: FF Howard Williams; Tlr: FF Eric Montalvo 

Cause: While backing into quarters, the tiller cab of Trk 19's relief aerial 
struck the ceiling above the apparatus floor 

EMSRC4 99-0-134 12-26-99 919 A File 

Off: Paramedic Capt. Brett Powell 

Cause: EMS RC 4, while pulling out of Station 19, struck the cement guard 
in front of the station 



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Rescue 2 99-0-135 12-31-99 881 A File 

Off: Lt. Steven Bokura; Drv: FF Walter Villavicencio 

Cause: While returning to station, the open rear compartment door of 
Rescue 2 struck the center divide 

Truck 12 99-0-136 01-03-00 610 A File 

Off: Lt. Richard Ames; Drv: FF Russell Lease; Tlr: FF Michael Fitzgerald 

Cause: Misjudgded clearance - Trk 12, while backing out of Station 40 
after refueling, struck a parked vehicle; guides were posted, but 
driver did not hear warning from both the guides and the tiller 

Engine 42 99-0-137 01-05-00 588 A File 

Off: T/Lt. Patrick Skain; Drv: FF Robert Blackburn 

Cause: Misjudged clearance - Eng 42, while making right turn into a 
narrow street, struck a parked vehicle 

Engine 10/SS-1 99-0-138 01-06-00 531/890 • A File 

Off: Capt. Henry Larkin; Drv: FF Fred Meyer/FF Frank Flores 

Cause: Misjudged clearance - While backing into quarters, Svc Squad 1 
struck Eng 10; guides were posted 

Medic 7 99-0-139 01-08-00 734 B Bill 

Drv: FF/PM William Lafferty 

Cause: While Medic 7 was parked; a passing truck struck Medic 7's left 
side view mirror breaking it. 

Engine 9 99-0-140 01-09-00 590 A File 

Off: T/Lt. Frank Wong; Drv: FF Nakiah Kashima 

Cause: Misjudged clearance - Eng 9, while backing up in a narrow street, 
dented a parked vehicle 

Engine 1 99-0-141 01-09-00 513 C File 

Off: T/Lt. William Storti; Drv: FF Eric Botelho 

Cause: Misjudged clearance - Eng 1, attempting to change lanes, lightly 
struck a civilian vehicle 

Medic 8 99-0-142 01-11-00 724 B File 

Drv: Temp FF/PM Patrick Sabia 

Cause: While Medic 8 was responding and crossing intersection, a 

pedestrian ran against the red light and grazed Medic 8's mirror 

Category A - An accident which has occurred because of inattention to vehicle operator's and/or officer's 
responsibilities or because of misjudgment of clearance in operating apparatus near stationary objects. 

Category B - An accident in which fire department personnel exercised reasonable judgment and precautions, 
exhibited good apparatus operator's and officer's skills and observed all state, local and fire department 
statutes, ordinances and rules. 

Category C - An accident which has occurred because of apparatus operator's misjudgment of clearance, 
deficiency in defensive driving techniques, or failure to anticipate other vehicle's movements. 



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G. Unlitigatcd Claims 

Submitting report from City Attorney's Office on unlitigated claims for December 1999: 

Name of Claimant Claim Amount Filed/Paid Accident Number/Category/Unit Date of Accident 

Brent LeBoa $1,396.07/$1, 396.07 99-0-028 (A) Trk 5 08-03-99 

Erin Osborne 1,158.08/ 892.23 property damage 06-20-99 

Virginia Mehegan 1,204.94/ 1,204.94 property damage 09-19-99 

John Darmanin wished to comment on Item "F," which dealt with Fire Department equipment 
involved in accidents. He wondered if there were any plans to increase remedial driver training. 
Mr. Darmanin noted that accidents seemed to be on the increase and, quite often, even very 
good drivers were involved. He believed that often it was recorded as their fault, and this could 
hurt their careers. 

Mr. Darmanin alluded to a related issue, namely, claims resulting from these accidents. 
Commissioner Soulis added that it is more congested in the city now and much more difficult 
to navigate equipment through the crowded streets. Mr. Darmanin suggested that perhaps 
shorter wheel base fire trucks could be used by certain stations, such as, Stations 32 and 20. 
In addition, he believed it would help to carry less equipment since the Fire Department usually 
responds with more than one piece of equipment. 

Chief Demmons asked Firefighter Darmanin if he wished to serve on the Accident Review 
Committee. Firefighter Darmanin responded in the affirmative, and the Chief stated that it 
had been noted. 

Commissioner Roeca moved, seconded by Commissioner Soulis, that Items "F" and "G" be 
approved. There were no further questions or discussion and the motion was unanimously 
approved. 

4. REGULAR CALENDAR -NEW BUSINESS 

A. Letters of Commendation 

Submitted six letters commending members of the Department for response to requests for 
assistance, emergencies, or training. 

Acting President Roff directed that these letters be acknowledged and incorporated in the 
minutes of today's meeting. 

B. Chief of Department's Monthly Report 

Submitted monthly report from Chief of Department on monthly status of department 
personnel, equipment and apparatus for January 2000. 

Commissioner Soulis moved and Commissioner Nakajo seconded. 

Firefighter Darmanin requested to be placed on the mailing list to receive the Chief of 
Department's monthly report prior to the Commission meeting. He wished to know if the report 
provided an inventory and status of personal safety equipment. The Secretary responded that 



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the report did not provide this, only the status and availability of apparatus, such as, trucks, 
engines, pumpers. 

There were no further questions or discussion and the monthly report of Chief of Department 
was approved. 

C. Formal Complaint (Continued from Meeting of 01-27-00) 

Submitted formal complaint dated November 2, 1999, against Firefighter Renald Bacigalupi 
for violation of a prior Settlement Agreement with the Fire Commission which provided that a 
tested blood alcohol level of 0.04% or higher would constitute cause for termination. 

Acting President Roff directed the Secretary to comply with Section 4006 of the Rules and 
Regulations and inform Firefighter Bacigalupi that the hearing is scheduled for April 13, 2000, 
at 4:00 p.m. 

Commissioner Nakajo moved, seconded by Commissioner Soulis, that Commissioner Roeca 
be appointed as the hearing officer for Firefighter Bacigalupi's hearing. 

Firefighter Darmanin wished to know if the appointment of Commissioner Roeca as a hearing 
officer was a new procedure. John Cooper, Deputy City Attorney, responded that it was a 
process used by many Commissions and had been previously used by the Fire Commission. 
One Commissioner takes the evidence, but all Commissioners are responsible for reviewing the 
full transcript and reaching a decision. Acting President Roff added that it is difficult to schedule 
and expedite hearings, especially with only four Commissioners, and by having a specially 
appointed hearing officer, the cases may come before the Commission in a more timely fashion. 

D. Fiscal Year 2000-01 Basic Budget and Capital Improvements Request 

At the request of Acting President Roff this item was moved to the Meeting of February 24, 2000. 

E. Report of Death 

Reported, with regret, the death of Firefighter Renato Bermudez. Firefighter Bermudez died 
in a plane crash on January 31, 2000. 

Acting President Roff stated that the Commission's sympathy goes to Firefighter Bermudez' 
family and he asked that a letter be sent to the family expressing the Commission's condolences. 

Death of Mr. Booker T. Demmons. Sr. 

Acting President Roff commented that the Commission had learned, with regret, of the death of 
Booker T. Demmons, Sr., the father of Chief Robert Demmons, on Monday, January 31, 2000. 
He expressed the condolences of the Commission to Chief Demmons for the loss of his father. 
Acting President Roff directed that today's meeting be adjourned out of respect to Firefighter 
Bermudez and Mr. Demmons. 

F. Communication Received by Commission 

One communication was received by the Commission from January 21 through February 3, 2000. 



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G. Public Comment 



John Darmanin, Firefighter, wished to know if the Fire Department had a cleaning contract 
with an outside agency to clean turnouts. Commissioner Soulis responded in the.affirmative. 

Harold Gamble, Deputy Chief, Operations, was unaware of such a contract and asked 
Dorothy Teupel, Clothing Depot Manager, to respond. Ms. Teupel stated that a contract 
exists, which allows for cleaning, decontamination and repair of turnouts. She noted that she 
had never received a request from John Darmanin for cleaning or decontamination of his 
PPE. Commissioner Soulis asked whether there was a standard procedure that addressed 
this issue. Chief Demmons responded that the normal procedure was to notify the 
immediate supervisor and then the Clothing Depot Manager would be notified through the 
normal chain of command. 

Mr. Darmanin stated that he had followed the chain of command and, also, reported the 
matter to the union but it seemed that no one was aware of this contract. He suggested that 
a general order be released on the subject. In the meantime, Mr. Darmanin took the initiative 
and had his turnouts cleaned and now wished to be reimbursed by the department. 

Frank Cercos, Assistant Chief, stated that the Rules and Regulations have a clearly defined 
reporting method and request procedure for submitting expenses. Assistant Chief Cercos 
noted that these procedures were not followed, and that it is unfair to imply that those in 
positions of responsibility were unaware of these matters or that their judgement was 
clouded, when the opposite may be true. Assistant Chief Cercos wished to assure the 
Commission that an established and defined method of reporting has been in place for 
many years but it was not used in this case correctly. He added that a General Order is 
being prepared that will more clearly define this procedure and that it will be released 
shortly. 

Mr. Darmanin stated he had read the Rules, submitted all reports, even asked for 
clarification, and believes that he had complied with everything as he understood it. 

H. Adjournment 

There being no further business to come before the Commission, the meeting was adjourned 
at 6:30 p.m., out of respect to the memory of Firefighter Renato Bermudez and Mr. Booker T. 
Demmons, Sr. 



Tania Bauer 
Secretary 



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RICHARD P. STOVROFF 
50 CALIFORNIA STREET • SUITE 3125 

SAN FRANCISCO. CALIFORNIA 94111 
14151 362-1964 • FAX (4151 362-3284 



January 27, 2000 



Robert Demmons 

Chief of Fire Department 

698 Second Street 

San Francisco, 94107 

Dear Chief Demmons: 

On December 28, 1999, I was leaving a neighbor's house and missed the 
bottom step, starting to fall. At 2650 Divisadero the hill is steep 
and it was impossible for me to regain my balance. I ended up in the 
middle of the street somewhat stunned, torn and bloody. 

A call to 911 brought Medic 10 from Presidio and Pine, manned by Rob 
and Scott. They demonstrated great concern and competency for which 
I was most thankful . 

You have a right to feel very proud of both Scott and Rob and I 
congratulate you on having such competent associates. Please pass my 
thanks and appreciation to them. 



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January 24, 2000 



James E. Morrell 

308 Elizabeth Street 

San Francisco, C A 941 14 



Mr. Robert Demmons 

Chief of Fire Department 

San Francisco Fire Department Headquarters 

698 2 nd Street, Suite 3 10 

San Francisco, CA 94107 



Dear Mr. Demmons: 



I would like to bring to your attention the exemplary rescue service provided to my 
friend, Roy Quinata, by two of your medical emergency personnel, Messrs. Norm Caba 
and Darren Bortmas . Their prompt, professional medical assistance rescued Roy from a 
life-threatening situation. 

On the evening of December 23 rd while Roy and I were walking down Kearny St, Roy 
suddenly started coughing up a serious amount of blood. (It was later determined he had 
lost several pints of arterial blood from a lung problem.) Less than five minutes after I 
called up 9 1 1 , Mr. Caba and Mr. Bortmas were administering first aid to Roy in their 
ambulance, and in less than 25 minutes had delivered him to San Francisco General 
Hospital. At all times, they were calm, friendly, but thoroughly professional in their 
competent handling of a very serious medical situation. 

We think you should be proud of these two members of your medical team. If you need 
anything further from us on this, please let us know. My direct day time telephone 
number is 415-782-1311. 




cc: Mr. Norm Caba 
Mr. Darren Bortmas 
Mr. Roy Quinata 



151 Edge wood Avenue 
San Francisco, CA 94117-3712 



January 18, 2000 



Hon. Robert Demmons 

Chief 

San Francisco Fire Department 

698 Second Street 

San Francisco, CA 94107 

Dear Chief Demmons: 



Shortly after midnight on December 9 of last year, I suffered a spell 
of extreme coughing and shortness of breath - which I mistakenly 
believed was a "natural" result of pneumonia (my previous diagnosis) . 

Fortunately my wife was awake and she had the presence of mind to call 
w 911". 

Within a few minutes of her call a Paramedic team from Engine 22 was in 
my bedroom, administering oxygen, and tending to me with an efficiency 
that I had before then only witnessed on the TV series, such as W ER". 

The team was considerate, knowledgeable and considerate to me, and gave 
support and encouragement to my wife. 

As it turned out, they transported me to the UCSF Emergency room, where 
in the wee hours of the morning, the staff performed an Angioplasty 
before installing me in the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit. No matter my 
self-diagnosis, your folks knew the score: They were aware I was having 
a heart attack. 

I am home now and my recovery is proceeding nicely; in large part this 
was made possible by the prompt and efficient services of the S.F.F.D. 

I would appreciate your conveying my hearty thanks and good wishes to 
these men and women. I would have exchanged handshakes at UC, but I was 
feeling under the weather at the time. 



Sincerely yours, 




in I . Kaplan / 



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Robert L. Dcmmons, Chief 
San Francisco Fire Department 
698 Second Street 
San Francisco, CA 94107-2015 

January 11,2000 



Dear Chief Demmons, 



Over the past few years my husband has encountered serious health problems 
which have required the assistance of the fire department and paramedics. The last few 
times were within the past 6 months and were the most serious. We are taking this 
opportunity to thank all the members of the San Francisco Fire Department and 
Paramedics for their prompt response, professionalism, courtesy, excellent training and 
ability to deal with all situations such as ours. 

In checking, we learned that individual members can not accept gifts but that we 
could make a donation to the SFFD Toy Program. 

On behalf of the outstanding members of Engine 16 and the Paramedic Unit 10, 
and any other Medic Unit which responded to our calls for assistance, we are donating 
$1000.00 to the SFFD Toy Program. 

Please extend our sincere gratitude and thanks to these wonderful and dedicated 
people on our behalf as we are not able to do so in person at this time. 




Mr.& Mrs. Bertram Bisio & family 

3220 Baker Street 

San Francisco,CA 94123 



TERENCE HALLINAN 

DISTRICT ATTORNEY 
CITY AND COUNTY 
OF SAN FRANCISCO 




EDWINA YOUNG 

DIRECTOR 
FAMILY SUPPORT BUREAU 



DISTRICT ATTORNEY FAMILY SUPPORT BUREAU 

617 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94105-3503 Tel. (415) 356-2700 

January 28, 2000 



San Francisco Fire Dept 
Chief Robert Demmons 
698 Second Street, Room 218 
San Francisco, CA 94107 



Dear Chief Demmons: 



Please extend our thanks and appreciation to the "Alley Cats", Bruce, Gary, and 
Roger for their participation during our Annual Christmas Gift Giving Program on 
Friday, December 17, 1999. 

Once again, their enthusiastic involvement was enjoyed by all — especially 
Santa and his Elves. 



Thank you again, 




Kathryn L. Moran 
DA Investigator 




February, 2000 

Mr. Robert Demmons , Fire Chief 
San Francisco, Ca. 

Dear Sir: 



As we respectfully observe and celebrate the Lunar New Year 
of the Dragon and African American History Month, we are 
reminded, once again, of the many great role models that we 
have, among Asian Americans, African Americans, and all cultures. 
YOU are one of those. 

We would like to take this opportunity to express our deepest 
appreciation to you for the service you provide to humanity. 
The positive effect that you have upon us makes us very 
proud, indeed, to be Americans. 




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Sincerely, 

The Students and teacher of 

Dr. Margie Baker's 6th grade 

Class 

Marina Middle School 



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FIRE COMMISSION 

City & County of San Francisco 



Rosemarie Fernandez-Pifer, President 
Hadley Roff, Vice President 
Stephen Nakajo, Commissioner 
Russell Roeca, Commissioner 
Ted Soul is, Commissioner 




698 Second Street 

San Francisco, CA 94107-2015 

Telephone 415.558.3451 

Fax 415. 558.3413 

Tania Bauer, Secretary 



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Regular Meeting - Thursday -^February 24, 2000 - 6:00 p.m. 

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Item 
No. 



ON ROLL CALL, the following were noted present: 

Acting President Hadley Roff 
Commissioner Stephen A. Nakajo 
Commissioner Russell S. Roeca 
Commissioner Ted N. Soulis 

Robert L. Demmons Chief of Department 

Harold E. Gamble Deputy Chief, Operations 

Joseph C. Asaro Deputy Chief, Administration (Acting) 

Assistant Deputy Chiefs - Staff : 



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Lorrie A. Kalos 
Ray Balzarini 
Gary P. Massetani 

Chief Officers - Staff : 

Richard C. Shortall 
Marshal Isaacs, M.D. 



Management Services 
Division of Airports 
Fire Prevention 



Emergency Medical Services 
Emergency Medical Services 



Chief Officers - Firefiqhting Services 

James M. Tracey 
James R. Cavellini 
James C. Ferry 



Division 1 (Acting) 
Division 2 
Division 3 (Acting) 



2. APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES 

Regular Meeting of February 10, 2000. 

Firefighter John Darmanin wished the minutes to be corrected to reflect an invitation by 
Robert L. Demmons, Chief of Department, to serve not only on the Accident Review Committee 
but also on the Uniform Committee. 

Commissioner Roeca moved and Commissioner Nakajo seconded. There were no questions or 
discussion and the minutes were approved as corrected. 



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February 24, 2000 Regulr Meeting 

Page 2 of 8 

3. CONSENT CALENDAR 

All matters listed hereunder (Items "A" through "G") constitute a Consent Calendar, were 
considered to be routine by the Fire Commission, and were acted upon by a single roll-call 
vote of the Commission. 

A. Monthly Reports 

Division of Fire Prevention & Investigation 

Submitting monthly report from Division of Fire Prevention and Investigation concerning 
activities performed during January 2000. 

Division of Management Services 

Submitting monthly report from Division of Management Services concerning activities 
performed during January 2000. 

Physician's Report 

Submitting biweekly report of Fire Department Physician concerning disability injuries from 
January 22 through February 4, 2000. 

B. Appointments 

Reporting the following PERMANENT appointments effective FEBRUARY 6, 2000: 

H3 Firefighter/Paramedic 

Robert M. Ahern Scott A. Keller 

Nancy A. Allen William J. Lafferty 

Andrew J. Birkhoff Alan Reynaud 

Norman J. Caba Pablo S. Siguenza 
Timothy D. Fewell 

Temporary Appointments 

Reporting having made 301 temporary appointments January 22 through February 4, 2000. 

C. Retirements 

Communications received from Retirement Board indicating the following members have retired: 

Name Rank Type of Retirement Retirement Date 

Fortunato, James P. H2 Firefighter Ind. Dis. Oct. 01,1996 

Smith, Hugh B. H2 Firefighter Ind. Dis. Jan. 01,2000 

(Retirement Certificates will be presented at a Fire Commission meeting at a later date) 

D. Military Leave 

Submitting for approval applications from one member for Military Leave of Absence with pay, 
in order to comply with Military Orders received from his commanding officer: 

Rank Dates Days Military Organization Purpose 

Meneses, Ferdinand H2 02-05-00 2 US Army Res. Attend Active 

Sgt. E-5 FF 02-06-00 Oakland, CA Duty Training 

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E. Resignation 

Submitting resignation of 0114 Commissioner Rosemarie Fernandez-Pifer, effective close of 
business February 4, 2000. 

F. Accidents 

Submitting reports and recommendations of the Accident Committee regarding the following 
accidents: 

Accident Serial 

No. Date No. Category Recommendation 

BFP 99-0-143 12-18-99 109 C File 

Drv: Insp Priscilla Gates 

Cause: BFP vehicle was parked and driver was exiting; a Muni bus, which 
had stopped in traffic, moved forward and struck the open door of 
department vehicle 

ResAmb6 99-0-144 01-02-00 715 A File 

Drv: FF Renee Nicholson 

Cause: Misjudged clearance - ResAmb 6, while backing into quarters, struck 
apparatus door which had not opened fully; guides were not posted 

Truck 8 99-0-145 01-13-00 608 A File 

Off: Capt. Worthy Brooks; Drv: FF John Logue; Tin FF Steven Hill 

Cause: Misjudged clearance - Trk 8, while responding to an incident, lightly 
struck a civilian vehicle which had pulled to the right 

Engine 10 99-0-146- 01-13-00 531 A File 

Off: Lt. Charles Schafer; Drv: FF Charles Hallgren 

Cause: Misjudged clearance - Eng 10, while pulling into bus zone, struck 
a parked vehicle 

Engine 20 99-0-147 01-14-00 587 A File 

Off: Lt. Abdul Khadin Drv: FF Patrick Cane 

Cause: Misjudged clearance - Eng 20, while returning from an incident 

and in maneuvering around Eng 2, struck a parked civilian vehicle 

Battalion 3 99-0-148 01-15-00 921 B Bill 

Drv: T/CA David Gordon 

Cause: Battalion 3 was parked and blocking traffic into the incident area; 
a civilian vehicle attempting to pass struck Batt. 3's left door 

Medic 41 99-0-149 01-16-00 A File 

Drv: FR Paramedic Christopher Madsen 

Cause: Misjudged clearance - Medic 41 , while backing into hospital 

emergency bay, struck a parked vehicle in red zone; guides were 
not posted since other paramedic was tending to patient 

Engine 34 99-0-150 01-16-00 580 A File 

Off: Lt. Patrick Pittson; Drv: FF Richard Stark 

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Cause: Misjudged clearance - Eng 34, a relief piece with a high cab, struck 
the overhang at hospital entrance 

ResAmb13 99-0-151 01-17-00 714 A File 

Drv: FF Denny Acosta 

Cause: Misjudged clearance - ResAmb 13, while turning into a parking 
lot, struck the parking lot sign 

Engine 40 99-0-152 01-19-00 507 A File 

Off: T/Capt. Rudolph Erler; Drv: FF Bridget Cullinane 

Cause: Eng 40, while backing up, struck a parked vehicle; guides were not 
posted 

Category A - An accident which has occurred because of inattention to vehicle operator's and/or officer's 
responsibilities or because of misjudgment of clearance in operating apparatus near stationary objects. 

Category B - An accident in which fire department personnel exercised reasonable judgment and precautions, 
exhibited good apparatus operator's and officer's skills and observed all state, local and fire department 
statutes, ordinances and rules. 

Category C - An accident which has occurred because of apparatus operator's misjudgment of clearance, 
deficiency in defensive driving techniques, or failure to anticipate other vehicle's movements. 

G. Unlitigated Claims 

Submitting report from City Attorney's Office on unlitigated claims for January 2000: 



Name of Claimant 

Tracy Baldwin 
Jody Gale 
Han Guang Wu 
Enterprise Rent A Car 
Ronald Kreilkamp 
Fai Chun Tsui 
Nob Hill Properties 
Thomas Hammel 



Claim Amount Filed/Paid 

$ 500.00/ 500.00 
547.05/ 547.05 
1,473.95/1,473.95 
4,712.68/4,061.79 
4,148.44/3,995.60 
914.69/ 824.69 
1,542.90/2,132.24 
3,080.94/3,080.94 



Accident Number/CategoryAJnit 

98-9-219 (A) Res1 

99-0-026 (A) Res 2 

99-0-042 (B) Eng 2 

99-0-062 (A) Medic 3 

99-0-086 (A) Trk2 

99-0-095 (A) Medic 15 



Date of Accident 

05-15-99 
08-01-99 
08-16-99 
09-17-99 
11-01-99 



11-06-99 

99-0-1 04 (A) ResAmb 13 11-1 8-99 
property damage 01-22-99 



Commissioner Soulis moved and Commissioner Roeca seconded. There were no questions 
or discussion and Items "A" through "G" on the Consent Calendar were approved or ordered 
filed as appropriate. 



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February 24, 2000 Regulr Meeting 

Page 5 of 8 

4. REGULAR CALENDAR -NEW BUSINESS 

A. Letters of Commendation 

Submitted five letters commending members of the Department for response to requests for 
assistance, emergencies, or training. 

Acting President Roff directed that these letters be acknowledged and incorporated in the 
minutes of today's meeting. 

B. Fiscal Year 2000-01 Basic Budget and Capital Improvements Request 

(Continued from Meeting of 02-10-00) 

Acting President Roff noted that this was a very preliminary baseline budget and that there 
would be changes and additions to it during the budget process. He suggested that the 
proposed baseline budget for FY 2000-01 and the capital improvement requests should be 
transmitted to the Mayor's Office, with the recommendation for enhanced funding for the 
department's critical operations. 

Commissioner Roeca moved for transmittal and Commissioner Soulis seconded. 

Debra Ward, Chief Financial Officer, noted that the current submittal to the Mayor's Office 
was a baseline budget of approximately $171.7 covering all current activities conducted by 
the department. Ms. Ward stated that some outstanding needs exist that must be funded, 
and that she has already had discussions with the Mayor's Office regarding the baseline 
budget and was able to raise the limits on certain work orders and programs. Ms. Ward 
added that there is still a bit of maneuverability left and she will be meeting with the Chief 
Demmons to finalize the submittal. 

Acting President Roff thanked Ms. Ward and noted that the department was fortunate to 
have someone of Ms. Ward's caliber since she had proven her competence during this 
difficult budget process. 

Commissioner Nakajo thanked Ms. Ward for the budget overview she had given 
Commissioner Roff and himself. Commissioner Nakajo noted that during the budget 
process, cooperation is needed between the various units of the department since all needs 
have to be taken into account. The Commission will work towards insuring that all needs are 
met. 

Acting President Roff stated that the intent is for him and Commissioner Nakajo to continue 
to meet with the Chief Financial Officer and the Chief of Department to streamline the 
budget enhancements. 

Chief Demmons wished to commend not only Debra Ward but also the division and bureau 
heads for their commitment to ensure that they have proper funding to carry out the 
department's mission in their respective areas, regardless of how heated discussion 
became. 

John Darmanin had a number of questions regarding the budget. The first dealt with CAD 
(Computer Aided Dispatch) and no numbers appearing in the columns. Ms. Ward responded 
that CAD, at the request of the Mayor's Office and the Controller, has been incorporated in 
the 911 project and will now be part of the Support Services budget. She added that the 
allocation for the AWSS (Auxiliary Water Supply System) and Facilities Maintenance have 
been moved to the capital budget and will no longer have an effect on the operating budget. 

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Mr. Darmanin requested an explanation for spaces left blank at the end of line items, such 
as, Garage Rent under Bureau of Fire Prevention. Ms. Ward responded that there are some 
items which were submitted for funding, which are not within the baseline budget, that 
needed to remain in order to identify them should the department by fully funded. 

Acting President Roff asked Mr. Darmanin to hold his questions until a later time when the 
budget is more defined. Mr. Darmanin had a final question regarding a line item of $1.5 
million for Other Materials and Supplies under the Support Services budget. Ms. Ward 
responded that this was intended for PPE (Personal Protective Equipment), uniforms and 
other safety equipment, and that it was the responsibility of the Chief of Support Services to 
make the respective allocations. Mr. Darmanin stated that he realized now how the cleaning 
contract for PPE was to be funded. 

Acting President Roff again reminded Mr. Darmanin that there will be months of budget 
discussions and negotiations ahead and that the Commission will review this matter again. 
- He suggested that it would more appropriate at that time to ask about finite dollar allocation. 
At this time, Acting President Roff wished to transmit the budget to the Mayor's Office with 
the proviso that the department will be seeking additional funding during the enhancement 
phase. 

The Commission unanimously agreed to transmit the FY 2000-01 Basic Budget and Capital 
Improvements Request to the Mayor's Office. 

Acting President Roff referred to a report on uniforms and PPE that he had requested and 
asked that the department present this report at the regular Commission meeting on March 
9, 2000. 

C. Public Comment 

Bob Arzave, Director, Firefighters Local 798, wished to know when firefighters would finally 
receive the back pay, which they were owed for approximately three pay periods. 

Debra Ward, Chief Financial Officer, responded that a separate warrant had to be cut and 
the retro payments will be issued with the March 14, 2000, paychecks. 

Mr. Arzave noted that a new contract will go into effect on July 1 , 2000, and hoped that this 
Hem will be better handled so that the firefighters will not have to wait again for another six 
to eight months. 

Tyrone Pruitt, President, San Francisco Black Firefighters Association, noted that the Chief 
of Department and staff had been under fire regarding various issues in the department, 
especially personnel-related issues. Mr. Pruitt encouraged everyone, from the Chief and 
Deputy Chiefs to firefighters in the field, to work together to overcome them instead of 
undermining every effort to resolve them. 

Mr. Pruitt wished to comment on a presentation he recently made to the newly hired H3 
Firefighter/Paramedics. He noted that there was real concern in the group of how they were 
being perceived by members of the department. These H3s had a distinct feeling that they 
were not welcome. Mr. Pruitt told them that members of this department had been aware for 
a long time of the need for Paramedics, and the department had asked for firefighters to 
also become Paramedics, or even become ALS/BLS certified, but not as many had 

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responded as were needed; therefore, the department had no other option but to hire 
laterally from outside. 

Mr. Pruitt referred to some of the complaints being aired in front of the Commission and 
wondered if things have changed since he was in suppression. He recalled that when he 
was in the field and something was amiss, he would go to the company officer or the 
Battalion Chief, who in turn took it to the Assistant Chiefs and they took it to the Deputies 
and it would get resolved. Mr. Pruitt reminded everyone, especially his membership, to work 
at the company level to make thinks work. He also urged everyone to become involved at 
the community level to ensure that achievements that were hard won are kept and 
maintained, especially minority organizations since affirmative action is under attack across 
America. 

Commissioner Soulis commented that he has seen change since his first appointment to the 
Commission (1988-1992). He believes that the Chief of Department has properly delegated 
authority and set up a workable chain of command. Appearances before the Commission, in 
order to complain, should be used as a last resort. He hoped that during his tenure the need 
for an Asian, Black or Hispanic Firefighters Union will no longer exist, and that there will be 
only one. 

Acting President Roff added that this Administration, Commission and department reflect the 
diversity of this city. He believes that it is incumbent on all members of this Department and 
all persons associated with it, to pull together and work together to resolve issues. 

Commissioner Nakajo stated that he appreciated Firefighter Pruitt's comments but wished to 
add that the comments of the H3s should be taken in context. He pointed out that the 
department has undergone major institutional change and time is needed for adjustment. 
Commissioner Nakajo noted that in the community it is felt that medical services are as 
important as fire suppression and fire prevention. On the issue of public comment, 
Commissioner Nakajo believes that to hear and discuss issues with as many people as 
possible is an integral process of the Commission. Anyone who believes that they have a 
concern has a right to come before the Commission and express it while staying within the 
allotted time. 

Commissioner Roeca echoed Commissioner Nakajo's sentiments and added that there are 
a number of issues in the mission statement of the department, including diversity and the 
safety of the public and the safety of the members. This department is a large functioning 
organization and in order to make it work, we all must work together and work within the 
system, and that is why public comment is provided. 

John Darmanin, Firefighter, voiced his concern that the PPE report was not presented at 
this, the February 10 th , meeting. Mr. Darmanin stated that he finds himself at a loss of what 
steps to take next since all the reports he had submitted to date, have not elicited a 
response. 

Acting President Roff responded that two levels of concern exist. One relates to Mr. 
Darmanin's personal circumstances but there is a broader concern that is shared by others 
in the department. The Commission wished this report to be as thorough, detailed and as 
complete as possible. Since many of the issues are budget related, it was necessary to wait 
for the first draft of the budget to make the report as comprehensive as possible. It will be on 
the agenda for the next Commission meeting. 



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Mr. Darmanin stated that he was at a loss of what to do since he had not received any 
clarification from his division, and believed that the division was not doing its job. 

Chief Demmons took exception to Mr. Darmanin's comments regarding it as personal 
attacks on members of the department. He considered it totally inappropriate and noted how 
hard members of this department worked, including the chiefs. Chief Demmons explained 
that the report had taken somewhat more time than anticipated since it was finalized in 
committee, which included members from Local 798, and comment had been solicited from 
Cal OSHA. 

Acting President Roff agreed that personal attacks are inappropriate. Any further comments 
from the Commission on the issue of Mr. Darmanin's PPE would also be inappropriate since 
the Commission has in its possession a letter from a lawyer, representing Local 798, who 
has filed a grievance in this case. 

D. Communications Received by Commission 

One communication was received by the Commission from February 4 through February 17, 
2000. 

E. Adjournment 

There being no further business before the Commission, the meeting was adjourned at 6:50 
p.m. 



Tania Bauer 
Secretary 



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Southern Marin 

Fire Protection District 

308 Reed Blvd. 

Mill Valley, CA 94941 Phone 415 388-8182 Fax 415 388-8181 



February 5, 2000 

Chief Dcnimons 

San Francisco Fire Department 

698 Second Street 

San Francisco, California 94107-2015 

Dear Chief 

It is always a pleasure to be able to report on a job well done. In this case your Lt. Tom Murray 
with little regard for his own safety, and displaying what I believe to be one of the qualities which 
sets fire fighters apart from others, put himself in harms way to assist a citizen in need. 

On January 3 1 , 2000 at 1 740 hours he came upon a vehicle accident with rollover, on US 101 in 
Mill Valley. One vehicle was on it's roof with the driver trapped inside. In the dark of night and 
rain Lt. Murray crawled inside the vehicle to stabilize and comfort the patient until our units 
arrived. He stayed with the patient throughout the process of extrication, which I am positive, was 
of great comfort to this individual and help to my people. 

You should be proud of Lt. Murray, you and he have our thanks. 



Sincerely 




Jeffrey L. Allen, Battalion Chief 

Southern Marin Fire Protection District: C-shift. 



City & County Of San Francisco Recreation & Park Department 

Joel Robinson Paula Hamilton John LeTdurneau 

Acting General Manager Principal Supervisor Supervisor 

Assisted Services Division Assisted Services Division 



JANUARY 31, 2000 



Mr. Demmons 

San Francisco Fire Depatrment 
260 Golden Gate Avenue 
San Francisco Ca 94102 



Once again I'm writing this letter to thank Captain Joe Moriarity, Battalion Chief George 
Maloney, Firefighters of Engine 9, Trunk 9, Local 798, The Westin St Francis Hotel and The 
Manager of Safeway Store at Dubois and Market for all of their Time, Generosity and Caring in 
making the 1999 Christmas Luncheon a huge success. Words cannot really express what they have 
done for a very special group of people. 

As in previous years the Firefighters from Engine 9 and Trunk 9 with Captain Joe Moriarity 
coordinating the arrangements, contacts and secured the services of the St Francis-Westin Hotel 
Catering Division to prepare and cook the Turkeys, make the dressing and gravy. The San 
Francisco Fire Department picks up and delivers the turkeys to the San Francisco County Fair 
Building and the Firefighters carved and serve the Turkeys. 

The highlight of the luncheon was the arrival of Santa Claus which was played by Firefighter Tim 
FwelL Every year Tim Plays Santa Claus and every year he gets more convincing. This year, I 
thought he was the real thing. Also special thanks to Firefighter Bob Lopez, for picking up all the 
Turkeys in his own vehicle. 

About 30 Firefighters from station 9 donated their time. The San Francisco Firefighters are a very 
special group of professionals. Their genuine caring, enthusiasm and help always makes the 
Luncheon extra special. 



Sincerely /-) 

DaViiDinslage^— r^ 
Assisted Services Division 



JANUARY 24, 2K 



To: The San Francisco Fife Chief 

689-2nd Street, San Francisco 

Fire crew from Sunset district 32nd avenue Station 
headed by Charles Hallgren consisting Nancy, Chris, 
and Andrea were absolutely prompt, courteous and 
professional when we needed them to help us cover 
our leaking roof during the rainfall. 

Their services reflected the honor and dignity of which 
the San Francisco Fire Department must be proud of. 

Please accept our deep gratitude and sincere thanks. 

Sincerely, 




Vivan Wong q 

Manager 

Kids 'R' First 

1655-46th A venue 

San Francisco, CA 94122 



University of California 
San Francisco 



UQ3F 



Office of Environmental 
Health & Safety 



$0 Medical Center Way 

San Francisco, CA 

14143-0942 

el: 415/476-1300 

iax: 415/476-0581 



February 14, 2000 



Chief Robert Demmons 

San Francisco Fire Department 

698-2"* Street 

San Francisco, CA 94107 

Chief Demmons: 

On February 7, 2000, Chief Paul Jones and Operator Don Verant from Station 
38 observed a fire drill at the UCSF Laurel Heights Building located at 3333 
California Street. When the drill was complete, we reviewed the drill and they 
toured the building. 

I would like to thank them for their time, comments and suggestions. I would 
also like to thank Chief Tony Semi for arranging the visit. 



Sincerely, 




Katie Shypertt 
Campus Fire Marshal 



Cc: Eugene Lau, Director EH&S 
John Shaver, Manager EH&S 



University of Califor nia 
San Francisco 



U03F 



J.I 



Office of Environmental 
Health* Safety 



60 Medical Center Way 

San Francisco. CA 

W14J-0»42 

HH 415/476-1300 

tax 41S/476-0581 



February 14, 2000 



Chief Robert Demmons 

San Francisco Fire Department 

698-2^ Street 

San Francisco, CA 94107 

Chief Demmons: 

On January 26, 2000, Chief Victor Pagon and Operator Edward Ghilardi from 
Station 1 1 observed a fire drill at the UCSF Facilities Management Building 
located at 3130-20 th Street. When the drill was complete, we reviewed the 
positive and negative aspects of the drill and how to correct the negative. 

I would like to thank them for their time, comments and suggestions. 



Sincerely, 



Ky^ 3^-^uSV- 



Katie Shypertt 
Campus Fire Marshal 



Cc: Eugene Lau, Director EH&S 
John Shaver, Manager EH&S 



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JFIRE COMMISSION 

City & County of £an Francisco 



CO 



Rosemarie Femandez-Pifer, President 
Hadley Roff, Vice President 
Stephen Nakajo, Commissioner 
Russell Roeca, Commissioner 
Ted Sou lis, Commissioner 




698 Second Street 

San Francisco, CA 94107-2015 

Telephone 415.558.3451 

Fax 415. 558.3413 

Tania Bauer, Secretary 



^MINUTES OF THE FIRE COMMISSION 

Regular Meeting - Thursday - March 9, 2000 - 6:00 p.m. 

698 Second Street - Room 1 02 



Item 
No. 

1 . On Roll Call, the following were noted present: 

Acting President Hadley R. Roff 
Commissioner Stephen A. Nakajo 
Commissioner Russell S. Roeca 
Commissioner Pat Norman 

Commissioner Ted N. Soulis was excused for business reasons. 



DOCUMENTS DEPT. 

MAR 2 2000 

SAN FRANCISCO 
PUBLIC LIBRARY 



Acting President Roff welcomed Pat Norman to the Fire Commission. He noted that 
Commissioner Norman had been active in the community for many years, serving most recently 
on the Police Commission. 



Robert L. Demmons 
Harold E. Gamble 
Joseph C. Asaro 



Chief of Department 

Deputy Chief, Operations 

Deputy Chief, Administration (Acting) 



Assistant Deputy Chiefs - Staff : 



Lorrie A. Kalos 
Ray Balzarini 
Joanne Hayes-White 
Gary P. Massetani 

Chief Officers - Staff : 

Richard C Shortall 
Marshall Isaacs, M.D 



Management Services 
Division of Airports 
Support Services 
Fire Prevention 



Emergency Medical Services 
Emergency Medical Services 



Chief Officers - Firefiahtinq Services : 

Bernie F. Lee Division 1 

Richard D. Bracco Division 2 

Aaron C. Stevenson Division 3 



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2. APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES 

Regular Meeting of February 24, 2000. 

Commissioner Roeca moved and Commissioner Nakajo seconded. There were no 
questions or discussion and the minutes were approved as presented. 

3. CONSENT CALENDAR 

All matters listed hereunder (Items A through G) constitute a Consent Calendar, were 
considered to be routine by the Fire Commission, and were acted upon by a single roll-call 
vote of the Commission. 

A. Monthly Reports 

Division of Training 

Submitted monthly report from Division of Training concerning activities performed during 
February 2000. 

Physician's Report 

Submitted biweekly report of Fire Department Physician concerning disability injuries from 
February 5 through February 18, 2000. 

B. Appointments 

Reported the following PROBATIONARY appointments effective FEBRUARY 19, 2000: 

H3 Firefighter/Paramedic 

Edward Barbero William Madsen 

Andrew Baron Marie Martinez 

Virginia Dudley Berglioth Mathews 

Anthony Dumont Kristina Nelson 

Richard Faust Mary Tse 

Alan Freebury Kathleen Molloy 

Robert Jones Patrick Sabia 

Peter Li Michael Creedon 
Stephen Lynch 

The above 17 H3 Firefighter/Paramedics were appointed vice H2 position 

Reported the following PROBATIONARY appointments effective FEBRUARY 28, 2000: 

H3 Firefighter/Paramedic 

Jonathan Baxter Stuart Sprung 

Mark Gradney Leon White 

The above four H3 Firefighter/Paramedics were appointed vice TX'd from new H2 position. 

Reported the following PROVISIONAL appointments effective FEBRUARY 11, 2000: 

H1 Fire Rescue Paramedic 

Andrew Logan Michael Day 

James Green Nathan Shapiro 

Kirt Thomason Joel Newton 
Sean Parkin 

The above seven H1 Fire Rescue Paramedics were appointed vice 2532 positions. 

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Temporary Appointments 

Reported having made 310 temporary appointments February 5 through February 18, 2000. 

C. Retirement 

Communication received from Retirement Board indicating the following member has retired: 
Name Rank Type of Retirement Retirement Date 

Dreyer-McAlvain, Lynnette H2 Firefighter Ind. Dis. Jan. 15, 2000 

Retirement Certificate will be presented at a Fire Commission meeting at a later date. 

D. Military Leave 

Submitted for approval application from one member for Military Leave of Absence with pay, 
in order to comply with Military Orders received from his commanding officer: 

Rank Dates Days Military Organization Purpose 

Pampanin, Vincent H2 02-28-00 5 US Army Res. Attend Active 

Sgt. E-5 FF 03-03-00 Moffett Field, CA Duty Training 

E. Resignation 

Submitted resignation of Probationary H3 Firefighter/Paramedic Cortland Rounds, effective 
close of business February 14, 2000. Resigned with satisfactory services. Started work 
January 10, 2000. 

F. Separation 

Reported that 7334 Stationary Engineer Floyd Nunn had been released from appointment 
effective close of business March 1 , 2000. 

G. Termination 

Reported termination of Provisional 1233 EEO Programs Specialist James Pearce, effective 
close of business February 25, 2000. Started work August 16, 1999. 

Commissioner Roeca moved and Commissioner Nakajo seconded. There were no 
questions or discussion and Items A through G on the Consent Calendar were approved or 
ordered filed as appropriate. 

4. REGULAR CALENDAR -NEW BUSINESS 

A. Letters of Commendation 

Submitted eight letters commending members of the Department for response to requests 
for assistance, emergencies, or training. 

Acting President Roff directed that these letters be acknowledged and incorporated in the 
minutes of this meeting. 

B. Chief of Department's Monthly Report 

Submitted monthly report from Chief of Department on monthly status of department 
personnel, equipment and apparatus for February 2000. 

Commissioner Nakajo moved for approval, seconded by Commissioner Norman. 

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Firefighter Darmanin stated that he had not received the report as requested. The Secretary 
responded that it had been mailed to the post office box indicated by Mr. Darmanin. Acting 
President Roff asked Mr. Darmanin to notify the Secretary if it had not been received. 

Mr. Darmanin wished to address the issue of exhaust evacuation systems in fire stations. He 
wanted to know how many of SFFD's fire stations were equipped with diesel exhaust 
evacuation systems and if they were working properly. Mr. Darmanin also wished to know if 
these systems were regularly checked at the fire stations, and if there was a master list that 
tracked the current status of each. He wondered if the status of the exhaust evacuation 
systems could be incorporated in the Chief of Department's monthly report. 

Robert L. Demmons, Chief of Department, responded that Mr. Darmanin could make a 
request for this information through the normal chain-of-command. Acting President Roff 
stated that the Commission would take Mr. Darmanin's suggestion under consideration. 

There were no further questions or discussion and the monthly report of Chief of 
Department was approved as presented. 

C. San Francisco Fire Code Amendments 

Submitted for approval the San Francisco Fire Code Amendments to the 1998 California 
Fire Code. 

Commissioner Roeca moved for approval, seconded by Commissioner Nakajo. 

Gary Massetani, Fire Marshall, reviewed the amendments for the Commission. He stated 
that these amendments to the 1998 San Francisco Fire Code were adopted on July 1, 1999. 
The amendments are revised on an annual basis, are in compliance with the San Francisco 
Administrative Code, and are prepared to assist the public. He stated that in the document, 
double parentheses are used for deletions and that underscores indicate an addition. The 
document consists of two sections with Section One containing fee adjustments that support 
the cost for providing services of the Bureau of Fire Prevention. These fees are based on 
calculations developed with the assistance of the Chief Fiscal Officer. Fire Marshall 
Massetani explained that the fees are actually adjustments that support the cost of providing 
inspection and re-inspection services by the Bureau of Fire Prevention. Section Two 
contains administrative bulletins that provide information, interpretations and checklists to 
clarify code requirements. 

Acting President Roff wished to know on what presumptions the fee increases were based 
on, since some seemed far more substantial than others. Fire Marshall Massetani 
responded that the Chief Fiscal Officer had based the calculations on the average numbers 
of hours used per inspection, including MOU changes in salaries of inspectors. He added 
that the fees charged can not exceed the cost of providing the service, since there is no 
profit margin allowed. 

The Fire Code Amendments were unanimously approved as presented. 

D. Fire Commission Resolution 

Submitted for approval Resolution No. 00-1 would authorize the San Francisco Fire 
Department to accept a gift, designated for training purposes, from the Friends of the San 
Francisco Fire Department. 



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WHEREAS, the Friends of the San Francisco Fire Department organized as a public benefit 
corporation in 1988, and has provided funding assistance and support for Fire Department 
operations for the past eleven years; and, 

WHEREAS, the Friends of the San Francisco Fire Department ceased operations on 
December 31, 1999; and, 

WHEREAS, the Friends of the San Francisco Fire Department has graciously donated its 
accumulated fund of $45,813.04 to the Fire Department, specifying that the funds should be 
used for training purposes; now, therefore, be it 

RESOLVED, that the San Francisco Fire Commission gratefully acknowledges the years of 
support provided by the Friends of the San Francisco Fire Department and thanks the 
organization for its many gifts over the past eleven years; and be it 

FURTHER RESOLVED, that the San Francisco Fire Commission accepts the final gift of the 
Friends of the San Francisco Fire Department and directs that the Chief of Department 
expend the funds for training purposes; and be it 

FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Commission requests that the San Francisco Board of 
Supervisors accept this gift on behalf of the City and County of San Francisco in accordance 
with the San Francisco Charter. 

Commissioner Norman moved for adoption and Commissioner Nakajo seconded. 

Acting President Roff wished to point out, not only as a Commissioner but also as a Friend 
of the San Francisco Fire Department, how sad it was to have this organization dissolved. 
The Friends of the Fire Department was a public spirited group, solely dedicated to 
promoting the interests of this department and raising funds for significant purposes not 
covered in the Department's budget. The group was a casualty of the new Sunshine 
Ordinance, since the members believed its complexity to be overwhelming. Acting President 
Roff reiterated his gratitude to the organization for all the good work they had done for the 
Department. 

Robert L. Demmons, Chief of Department believed that the new Sunshine Ordinance has 
harmed departments, such as the Police and Fire Departments, whose Friends 
organizations may decide to disband. He commended the Friends for devoting time and 
energy for the past eleven years to assist a City Department, such as, the Fire Department. 
He thanked Commissioner Roff and the Friends, on behalf of himself and all the members of 
the Fire Department who benefited from their commitment and their efforts. Chief Demmons 
added that the department is considering the purchase of a simulator, with the Friend's 
$45,000 donation, for the training facility which will benefit all present and future members of 
the department in developing and maintaining the skills needed in Fire Suppression. 

Acting President Roff called for the vote: Ayes - Commissioners Nakajo, Norman, Roff, and 
Roeca; absent: Commissioner Soulis. Fire Commission Resolution 00-1 was unanimously 
approved. 

E. Report of Death 

Reported, with regret, the death of Department Physician William Newsom. Dr. Newsom 
died of heart failure on February 25, 2000. 

Acting President Roff acknowledged the Newsom family's contribution to public service, 
which include an associate justice in the State Court of Appeals and a present Supervisor. 

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Acting President Roff stated that the Commission's sympathy goes to the family of Dr. 
Newsom. He requested that a letter be sent to the family expressing the Commission's 
condolences and that this meeting be adjourned in Dr. Newsom's memory. 

Firefighter John Darmanin wished to add that he had been acquainted with Dr. Newsom 
during a period when he was recuperating from an injury and that he had performed various 
office tasks for Dr. Newsom. He noted that had been a pleasure to work for him and wished 
to offer his condolences to the family. 

F. Report on Station Uniform and Personal Protective Equipment 

Joanne Hayes-White, Assistant Deputy Chief, Support Services, welcomed Commissioner 
Norman and provided an introduction to the report. She stated that the report's focus are 
station uniforms and personal protective equipment. The report addressed several issues, 
including the current inventory on hand, the implementation of a voucher system and 
recommendations from the Department's health and Safety Committee, which specifically 
address personal protective equipment policy and cleaning guidelines. Additionally, the 
report covers the recently implemented inventory tracking system. Chief Hayes-White 
pointed out that the report was prepared by the Division of Support Services but received 
input from all levels in battalions and divisions, including comments from representatives of 
Cal OSHA. She introduced Captain Gary Bradford, Bureau of Equipment, which oversees 
the Clothing Depot. Captain Bradford stated that he would answer questions regarding the 
report. 

Acting President Roff stated that it appeared that there was more protective gear available 
now at the Depot than there had been at the time of the November report on this issue; also, 
there seemed to be more emphasis on safety issues, including appointment of safety 
officers in each division. He wondered about the implementation of the department-wide 
inventory program. 

Assistant Deputy Chief Hayes-White responded that this refers to a component of the 91 1 
project, that is, the AIS or Automated Information System which should be delivered within 
the next six months. Currently, a standalone system is in place at the Clothing Depot, 
developed by SFFD MIS, which contains the name and size of each uniformed member of 
the department 

Acting President Roff wished to know if the issue of raingear for paramedics had been 
addressed. Captain Bradford responded that a delay had occurred due to manufacturing 
problems but temporary raingear has been issued. 

Commissioner Norman asked for clarification on the connection between the inventory 
program and the 911 project, that the 911 project has a number of components, one of 
which is the computer dispatch system which will used by both the Police and Fire 
Departments. Another component is the AIS or Automated Information system which is 
essentially a records management system. AIS will be implemented in all locations of the 
department and will have the ability to track any type of inventory - clothing, equipment, or 
personnel. 

Commissioner Nakajo referred to the example of an Engine 1 report of a personal inspection 
which encompassed caps, boots, shoes, shirts, etc.; he wished to know if every fire station 
had this procedure in place and followed it. Captain Bradford responded that there are two 
examples in the report - one is a department-wide survey done in November of 1999 
showing the ratings of A though F, and the other is a battalion chiefs monthly report of 
inspection of personnel, uniforms and station. Commissioner Nakajo wondered when the fire 

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stations would have full online capability and access to the AIS. Assistant Deputy Chief 
Hayes-White responded that project delivery should be within six to nine months. 

Chief Demmons further clarified that he had requested a survey of personal safety 
equipment by company officers of all members in November. In addition, he had requested 
a review of the monthly reports to determine the condition of the equipment. 

Commissioner Nakajo wished to know if there was a reason for using Engine 1 as an 
example. Captain Bradford responded that Engine 1 was one of the companies that had the 
most frequent runs in the city and would wear out their uniforms more quickly than other 
companies. 

Acting President Roff noted that availability of turnout gear is a critical issue. The November 
survey indicated that at least a third of the turnout gear was inadequate. He assumed that 
after the Mayor's Office provided $500,000 to re-supply the Clothing Depot, substantial 
progress had been made. Acting President Roff referred to the recommendations of the 
Health and Safety Committee that there should be two sets of turnout gear for each 
firefighter and enough stock to replace one third of all uniforms. He considered these 
recommendations to be a commendable goal and stated that the Commission and the 
department will make every effort in achieving them. Both Acting President Roff and 
Commissioner Nakajo thanked everyone who worked on the report 

Public Comment 

Firefighter John Darmanin wished to point out that some of the surveys were over 18 
months old but were presented as recent material. He stated that the survey taken at his fire 
station was conducted in the last six months. Chief Demmons explained that perhaps 
Firefighter Darmanin was confusing the survey conducted in November with monthly 
reports, which had been an established department procedure for over 25 years. 

Firefighter Darmanin wished to address a number of issues in the report. First was the issue 
of loaner turnout gear. He stated that he was unaware that loaner PPE even existed, and 
when he had requested replacement, no loaner gear was offered. He believed the voucher 
system to be good but no one offered him a voucher when he requested replacement 
turnouts. To date, he has not received any decision on receiving a replacement or an 
additional set of gear, even though he has followed the correct procedures in his request. 
Firefighter Darmanin wished to point out an item that dealt with the FY 2000-01 budget 
request. He referred to the Health and Safety Committee's recommendation that each 
firefighter should have two sets of turnouts, which would cost approximately $1.5 million, 
yet, he did not see this amount in the recent budget request. Acting President Roff explained 
that the budget request recently submitted was for baseline budget and that Chief Demmons 
and staff are seeking enhancements to the baseline budget from the Mayor's Office. 
Firefighter Darmanin responded that FY 1999-00 did not request any funds for PPE and he 
hoped that it will be included somewhere in this year's budget. 

John Hanley, President, Firefighters Local 798, welcomed Commissioner Norman and 
offered to conduct a tour of the fire stations to introduce firefighters to Commissioner 
Norman. Mr. Hanley wished to point out that in discussions about Paramedic's raingear it is 
implied that it is not simple raingear but must stop blood borne pathogens. He hoped that 
this year's budget would contain funds for the purchase of turnouts. 

Larry Bradshaw, Grievance Officer, SEUI Local 790, Paramedic chapter, wished to review 
the problem of appropriate safety equipment for H1 Rescue Paramedics. He stated that the 
department was aware of the merger since the start of the FY 1996-97 budget cycle yet no 

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safety equipment had been budgeted for H1's. Local 790 sought the assistance of an 
independent arbitrator, who gave the department 90 days to obtain the MOU mandated 
safety equipment. He wished to make the Commission aware that the H1 safety equipment 
has just been purchased but not yet paid for and he hoped it would not be impacted by the 
request for H2 safety equipment. 

The second item Mr. Bradshaw wished to bring to the Commission's attention was the MOU 
clause which provided for the cleaning of paramedic uniforms which become soiled with bio- 
hazards and blood borne pathogens. Previously, paramedics had a cleaning allowance to 
take care of the uniforms. The City decided that the contaminated uniforms should not be 
cleaned at home with family laundry and that a cleaning service would be provided. This 
was not provided and paramedics were told to discard the uniforms when soiled but it was a 
very costly solution. Currently, paramedics are back to taking their soiled uniforms home and 
washing them with family laundry without even a cleaning allowance being provided. Mr. 
Bradshaw stated that the union would address this issue shortly. 

The third item concerned Local 790's citywide MOU, regarding contracting out routine work 
that an existing employee can perform, and refers to Dorothy Teupel of the Clothing Depot. 
Mr. Bradshaw stated that the uniforms are being contracted out to Butler's whereby 
previously a quartermaster system was used. Ms. Teupel's case will be going to arbitration. 

G. Public Comment 

Lieutenant Ed Campbell, Public Information Officer, stated that he was a ten-year member 
of the department and wished to bring an item before the Commission that has been 
disturbing him for some time. He wished to read an excerpt from an interview, and even 
though the interview occurred some time ago, he believed that it was pertinent to matters 
occurring in the department over the past year. 

The topic of the interview was Affirmative Action with KSFO radio personality Michael 
Savage interviewing John Darmanin, a member of the department. Mr. Savage wished to 
know what was happening at the Airport. Mr. Darmanin responded that the affirmative action 
at the Airport was interesting since John Martin, Director, was openly gay, and he requested 
a budget analyst, a black female, to start an audit of the Airport Fire Division in order to get 
rid of the Airport chief and himself, since he was his number two. The interview continued 
with John Darmanin relating to Mr. Savage that it was alarming to have minorities on so 
many levels. He reiterated his comments about John Martin, about one budget analyst being 
a black female and another budget analyst being an Asian male and about the Fire Chief 
being the first black Chief in San Francisco appointed by the first black Mayor. Mr. Savage 
wished to know that Considering Mr. Darmanin's comments, had the quality of protection 
diminished, whereby Mr. Darmanin responded that with out a doubt it had decreased. The 
interview continued about affirmative action and its effect at the Airport. 

Lieutenant Campbell stated that as an African American and gay member of the 
department, and a current participant in the administration of the department, he found it 
wearying to have someone who holds those views constantly coming before the 
Commission. It clearly indicated for Lieutenant Campbell the person's motivation and 
agenda. 

John Darmanin responded that the whatever transcript Lieutenant Campbell had was not 
accurate and that he was offended that the Commission allowed statements to be made that 
were inaccurate. He mentioned that he had lawsuit pending on this subject matter and the 
Deputy City Attorney had advised previously that it would be best not to discuss its subject 
matter yet the City Attorney did not stop him from speaking on the same matter. Mr. 

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Darmanin considered this an attack on himself; he believed that this was not an appropriate 
venue especially when the information was inaccurate. He noted that Lieutenant Campbell 
had never approached him to discuss this matter with him. Mr. Darmanin was not aware that 
there was an official transcript of the interview and that the last transcript supplied to him by 
Deputy City Attorney Cooper was not accurate. He did not understand why there were 
references that the lawsuit being made now in front of the Fire Commission. 

Deputy City Attorney Cooper responded that Mr. Darmanin had not been advised nor 
prevented from speaking, and that he had only advised Mr. Darmanin not speak on matters 
that were addressed in his lawsuit because his counsel had left him. Mr. Darmanin 
responded that it was poor judgement to have allowed Lieutenant Campbell to continue, that 
he is offended by it and considers it to be an attack on his credibility. Acting President Roff 
stated that he regretted this type of dialogue but that the new Sunshine Ordinance allows for 
unrestricted public comment. 

Chief Demmons wished clarify that Lieutenant Campbell spoke before the Commission as 
an individual and not as a representative of the Department nor speaking for the 
Administration. 

Firefighter Darmanin wished clarification on the issue of contaminated PPE. He stated that 
the report does not suggest that they be turned in for cleaning but indicates that firefighters 
should clean the turnouts themselves. He wanted to know if there is a contract for cleaning 
or not. 

Assistant Deputy Chief Hayes-White responded that Mr. Darmanin should read through the 
report carefully and then address the same questions to the Commission if they have not 
been answered. 

Tyrone Pruitt, President, Black Firefighters Association, welcomed Commissioner Norman. 
He commended Lieutenant Campbell for speaking as a private citizen before the 
Commission on an issue that has concerned him for a long time. This is issue is also of 
concerns Mr. Pruitt and he supports Lieutenant Campbell for speaking his mind. Mr. Pruitt 
believes that everyone has the right as a citizen, as does Lieutenant Campbell to come 
before the Commission, whether we believe their statements are right or wrong. 

H. Communications Received by Commission 

Three communications were received by the Commission during the period of February 1 8, 2000 
through March 2, 2000. 

I. Adjournment 

There being no further business before the Commission, the meeting was adjourned at 7:10 
p.m. in memory of Department Physician William Newsom. 



Tania Bauer 
Commission Secretary 



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Emergency Communications Department 

1011 Turk Street, San Francisco, CA 94102 

(415) 558-3800 Fax (415) 558-3841 




Willie L. Brown, Jr. Mayor 



Mike Martin, Director 



February 22, 2000 

Robert Demmons, Chief 

San Francisco Fire Department 

698 Second Street 

San Francisco, CA 94107 

Dear Chief Demmons; 

The Department assigned Acting Battalion Chief Philip Kelber to the 91 1 Project to coordinate 
Operational Readiness Testing of the new 911 system. I wanted to call your attention to his work, which 
was, in a word, exemplary. 

Phil took charge of a crucial activity that involved not only departmental personnel, but dozens of private 
contractors and individuals from other City departments and agencies. He could have treated the 
assignment like the temporary detail that it was; he did not. 

Phil instead gave us his best energies, which showed themselves to include strong and consistent 
leadership, professionalism and organization. Phil's demeanor imparted the need for all to take this 
exercise seriously and get it right. When it did not, he insisted on finding out why. 

The City, Department and Project were well served by Chief Kelber's efforts. And it was a pleasure to 
work with him as well. 

Sincerely, 




Mike Martin, Director 
911 Project 



1011 Turk Street, San Francisco, CA 94102 
Telephone (4 15) 558-3800; Fax (415) 558-3841 

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Emergency Communications Department 

1011 Turk Street, San Francisco, CA 94102 

(415) 558-3800 Fax (415) 558-3841 




Willie L. Brown, Jr. Mayor Mike Martin, Director 



February 21, 2000 

Robert Demmons, Chief 

San Francisco Fire Department 

698 Second Street 

San Francisco, CA 94107 

Dear Chief Demmons; 

I wanted to call your attention to the recent work of Lt. Jack Forbes, who has been detailed to the 91 1 
Project since July 1999 to help coordinate operational readiness testing for the Fire Department. 

Jack came to us with a great deal of experience in the field, but little in the way of skills normally required 
for his assignment. Through his own initiative, he acquired those skills, and generally grew in the job in a 
way that surpassed my best expectations. 

Jacks duties were varied. But significantly they included devising and executing scenarios employed to 
test the readiness of the new 911 system and the firefighters using it. This was a complicated, technical 
task that required a high level of knowledge about the workings of the Department. 

Among the many key players in the Operational Readiness Testing, Jack was the linchpin. Though under 
extraordinary pressure, he remained cool, flexible and professional. He was universally liked, respected, 
and acknowledged as integral to the success of the exercise. 

My impression is that Jack is first and last a "firefighter" who clearly wants to be in the field. He was 
disappointed at leaving the field for this interim assignment. But he accepted the challenge, took 
advantage of what it had to offer, and grew in way that is rare. He was an irreplaceable part of the Project. 
I felt fortunate to work with him. 

Sincerely, 




Mike Martin 



Cc: Philip Kelber. 



1011 Turk Street, San Francisco, CA 94102 
Telephone (41 5) 558-3800; Fax (415) 558-3841 

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Mrs. Robert H. Laws 

1248 Stanyan Street 

San Francisco CA 94117 

February 19, 2000 



Chief Robert Demmons 
San Francisco Fire Department 
698 Second Street 
San Francisco CA 94107 

Dear Chief Demmons: 

On last Tuesday night our 1200 block of Stanyan Street met to learn 
about fire safety and the department's plan to fight a fire involving our 
block. The meeting was a resounding success. Thirty seven neighbors turned 
out to hear three of your top chiefs address our concerns. Division Chief 
George Maloney, Battalion Commander Audry Lee and Chief Fred Sanchez 
each made an excellent presentation. They were well received and their 
recommendations to us will make this a more fire safe neighborhood. We 
learned a lot about fire safety in our homes and how the department plans 
to respond to some of the difficult problems presented on this steep street. 
Chief Sanchez had made a careful survey of the neighborhood prior to the 
meeting and shared his findings with us. Commander Lee was here on his 
day off. Two aides to the chiefs, Pat Higgins and Juanita Hodge, also were 
helpful in setting up for the meeting and staying after it was over to help us 
put our house in order. 

Thank you for allowing these outstanding representatives to meet 
with our neighbors. 

Sincerely, 



OZAjhw °fe 



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STATE OF CALIFORNIA - THE RESOURCES AGENCY 



GRAY DAVIS, Governor 



DEPARTMENT OF FORESTRY AND FIRE PROTECTION 

OFFICE OF THE STATE FIRE MARSHAL 

CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT DIVISION, STATE FIRE TRAINING 

CDF ACADEMY 

4501 State Highway 104, lone, CA 95640 

Phone: (209) 274-2426 

Fax: (209) 274-2034 




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February 16, 2000 

Robert Demmons 

San Francisco Fire Department 

698 Second Street 

San Francisco, California 94107-2015 

Dear Chief Demmons: 

The State Fire Training Curriculum Development Division has just finished revising the 
Fire Investigation 1 B course. As you know, one of your personnel, Brendan O'Leary, 
participated in this revision project. 

Many individuals and organizations support and maintain this system. However, no 
organization or individual plays a more pivotal role than those who donate their time, energy, 
and resources to ensure our curriculum reflects current technology and criteria. 



On behalf of CDF/State Fire Training, the State Board of Fire Services, and the California 
fire service I would like to thank Brendan and recognize his special efforts in making this a 
successful and satisfying project. 

Sincerely, 




Keith A. Larkin, Division Chief 
Curriculum Development Division 
(209) 274-5503 



CONSERVATION IS WISE USE - KEEP CALIFORNIA GREEN AND GOLDEN 




Cariad 
Wines Ltd 



Llanerch Vineyard 

Hensol, Pendoylan, Vale of Glamorgan CF72 8JU. 
Q 01 443 225877 Fax: 01 443 225546 

Email: Uanerch@cariadwines.demon.co.uk 



GWELYA 
BRECWAST 



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BED& 
BREAKFAST 




10th February 2000 
Ref: 1292 



Chief Robert Demmons 
San Francisco Fire Dept 
698 2nd Street 
San Francisco 94107 



Dear Chief Demmons, 

In the very early hours of Friday morning the 28th January we had occasion to make a 911 call 
from the Howard Johnson Hotel, Fisherman's Wharf where we were staying. It was our first 
night in San Francisco ! 

My wife had severe abdominal pains which on admission to hospital was found to be caused 
by an abdominal obstruction. I must highly commend your Department. Only a few minutes 
after our 911 call your colleagues arrived , assessed the situation and transported my wife to 
the California Pacific Hospital . The two paramedics, whose names I did not find out at the 
time, were very caring and comforting, and I would like to pass our grateful thanks to them. 

We have now returned to the UK and my wife is fully recovered thanks to the actions of your 
Department and the California Pacific Medical Centre. We look forward to visiting your 
beautiful city again. 

Yours very sincerely 




r Andrews 



CHIEFROBERT DEMMONS 

SAN FRABCISCO FIRE DEPARTMENT 

698-2 ND STREET 

SAN FRANCISCO, CA 941 18 2-1-2000 



DEAR CHIEF DEMMONS: 

ONCE AGAIN ON BEHALF OF THE LAS MADRIN AS OF CENTRO LATINO DE SAN 
FRANCISCO, I WISH TO THANK THE FOLLOWING FIREFIGTHERS FOR THEIR HELP WITH 
THE BOB AYALA CHRISTMAS PARTY: 

ROBERT LUCHA CHARLES CRANE 

DENNIS KING ARMANDO MAYORGA 

AND I BELIEVE THAT I MISSED A FEW BECAUSE OF THE EXCITEMENT OF THE EVENT. 



YOUR MEN CAME WITH THE SANTA TRAILER, A GREAT SANTA CLAUS WITH 
ELVES, TOYS AND A POLOROID CAMERA, ALMOST 200 CHILDREN ATTENDED THE PARTY 
AND WERE IN AWE OF THE WHOLE AFFAIR THEY FEASTED ON-CORN DOGS,CHIPS, 
DRINKS, CARTONS OF CANDY, AND ICE CREAM CONES AT THE CENTER THERE WAS 
MUCH EXCITEMENT AND REVERLY IN THE AIR. DONATIONS OF TOYS AND 
CONTRIBUTIONS FRON OTHER SOURCES HELPED MAKE THE CHRISTMAS PARTY A 
TERRIFIC EVENT. 

MY THANKS ONCE AGAIN FOR THE OUTSTANDING HELP WE RECEIVED FROM THE 
FIREFIGHTERS, MEMBERS OF LOS BOMBEROS. THEY DID AN OUTSTANDING JOB "ABOVE 
AND BEYOND THE CALL OF DUTY" AND WERE VERY PATIENT WITH THE CHILDREN. 



VERY TRULY YOURS 




LAS MADRINAS DEL CENTRO LATINO 

1656 -15th Street 

San Francisco, CA 94103 




LIFE LEARNING ACADEMY 

651 8th Street, Treasure bland, San Francisco, California 94110 • 415.397.8957 •fax: 415.397.9274 



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February 24. 2000 



Chief Robert Dcmmons 

San Francisco Fire Department 

698 Second Street 

San Francisco. California 94710 



Dear Chief Demmons. 



I would like to express our thanks to Lieutenant Patricia Yuen, N.E.R.T. Coordinator, and the 
following N.E.R.T. Instructors for a job well done. With professionalism and heartfelt concern, your 
instructors were a wonderful breath of fresh air for all. 



Lt. Ray Molinari 


E21 


FF John Rocco 


E08 


FF David Amitunai 


E37 


FF Anne Tarn 


E25 


FF Steve Harper 


E28 


FFEdChu 


E17 


FF Curtis Nielsen 


E37 


FF Ricky Yee 


E37 


FF Kevin Salas 


E01 



Special thanks to Battalion Chief Joe Carlomgno and Station 48 for attending the awards ceremony. 



On behalf of the Life Learning Academy and the five teachers from the Treasure Island School, we want to 
thank you for your warm instruction and community service. The N.E.R.T. program is truly a bench mark 
that puts the San Francisco Fire Department above all others. We are proud to let you know that our school 
has unanimously decided to add three (3) firefighters to the mural in our dining room. We look forward to 
having you out again soon to see our work. 



Warmly, 




Lynch DeLj ne, Principal 
earning Academy 

cc: Deputy Chief Joseph Asaro 
Battalion Chief Joe Carlomgno 
Captain Richard Kochevar 
Captain Michael Hennigan 
Lieutenant Michael DeLane 
Lieutenant Patricia Yuen 




San Francisco School of Circus Arts 

755 Frederick Street 
San Francisco, CA 94117 

http://www.sfcircus.org Phone:(415)759-8113 FAX: (415) 759-8644 



February 1 5, 2000 



Chief of Department 

The San Francisco Fire Department 

698 Second Street 

San Francisco, CA 94107 



Dear Friends and Partners of Renato Bermudez, Jr., 

On behalf of the San Francisco School of Circus Arts, I would like to 
extend our heart-felt condolences to all of you on the loss of your firefighter 
Renato Bermudez during the Alaskan Airline tragedy. 

Renato was a student at the School of Circus Arts about a year ago. He 
and I were in the same Chinese Acrobatics class where we both were 
endeavoring to unlock the mysteries of the Chinese handstand— not an easy 
task for anyone over the age of 12. Renato not only easily and quickly 
surpassed the rest of us in skill, but he was by far the strongest and most 
focused! In addition to his athletic abilities, he was friendly, polite, and modest; 
he was definitely a positive presence in the class. We will miss the wonderful 
energy he brought to the world. 

You must have been proud to have him as one of your own. 

rPlease extend our sympathies and prayers to his friends and family. 

Sincerely, 





Caroline Orrick 
Board Member 



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Hadley Roff, President 
Stephen Nakajo, Vice President 
Pat Norman, Commissioner 
Russel Roeca, Commissioner 
Ted Soulis, Commissioner 



FIRE COMMISSION 

City and County of £an Francisco 




698 Second Street 

San Francisco CA 94107 

Telephone 415.558.3451 

Fax 415.558.3413 

Tania Bauer, Secretary 



.MINUTES OF THE FIRE COMMISSION 

Special Meeting, Tuesday, March 21, 2000 - 9:00 a.m. 

698 Second Street, Room 102, San Francisco, CA 94107 



Item 
No 



1. On ROLL CALL, the following were noted present: 



Acting President 
Acting Vice President 
Commissioner 
Commissioner 



Hadley R. Roff 
Stephen A. Nakajo 
Russell S. Roeca 
Pat Norman 



DOCUMENTS DEPT. 

APR 2 h 2000 

SAN FRANCISCO 
PUBLIC LIBRARY 



Deputy Chief, Administration Joseph Asaro 

Commissioner Ted N. Soulis was excused for business reasons. 

2. PUBLIC COMMENT 

There was no public comment 

3. FORMAL HEARING AND POSSIBLE COMMISSION DELIBERATIONS ON A FORMAL 
COMPLAINT FILED BY CHIEF OF DEPARTMENT AGAINST AUDRY LEE, INCLUDING 
HEARING AND POSSIBLE DELIBERATIONS ON DEPARTMENT'S MOTION TO 
EXCLUDE EVIDENCE OF DISCRIMINATION ALLEGED BY AUDRY LEE AGAINST THE 
DEPARTMENT OR ANY DEPARTMENT EMPLOYEE (Continued from Meetings of 
12/16/99 and 1/13/00) 

Formal Hearing concerning formal complaint filed by Robert L. Demmons, Chief of 
Department, on November 9, 1999, against Battalion Chief Audrey Lee for violation of the 
Rules and Regulations as follows: 

Section 3905 Unfamiliarity with Rules 

Section 3921 Inaptitude for Duty/Incompetence 

Section 3922 Acts Detrimental to Welfare of Department 

Section 3923 Disobedience 

Section 3924 Insubordination 

San Francisco Charter, Appendix A 8.400(g) 

General Rules for Establishing and Paying Compensation 



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A. Hearing and Possible Commission Deliberations on the Department's Motion to 
Exclude Evidence of Discrimination Alleged by Audry Lee against the Department 
or any Department Employee. 

This portion of the meeting, and any possible Commission Deliberations, may be held in 
Closed Session pursuant to Government Code Section 54957. 

Battalion Chief Audry Lee did not request a closed hearing. 

1. Hearing 

President Roff requested that Commissioner Roeca serve as President pro tern 
during the formal hearing. Commissioner Roeca accepted and established that the 
following parties were present: Michael Harris, represented Battalion Chief Audry 
Lee, who was present. Pamela Thompson and Katharine Hobin, Deputy City 
Attorneys, represented the Department. Marie Blits and Mariam Morley, Deputy City 
Attorneys, represented the Fire Commission. 

Department's Motion to Exclude Evidence of Discrimination Alleged by Audry Lee 
against the Department or any Department Employee was taken into submission by 
Commissioner Roeca. Mr. Harris' motion for a change of continuance on behalf of 
his client was granted. The hearing will be continued to April 12, 2000, 9:00 a.m. 

Deputy City Attorney Katharine Hobin presented the opening statement for the 
Department, followed by the opening statement by Michael Harris, Counsel for 
Battalion Chief Audry Lee. 

Deputy City Attorney Hobin proceeded to present the case for the Department and 
Mr. Harris presented the case for the defendant. Both parties called witnesses for 
examination, cross-examination and redirect examination. Due to time constraints, 
the examination of witnesses and closing arguments by counsels were continued to 
the meeting of ApriM 2, 2000. 

Please note: The above only represents a summary of the proceedings. 
Court reporter recorded entire proceedings. 

B. Hearing and Possible Commission Deliberations on Formal Complaint 

Continued to meeting of April 12, 2000. 

4. ADJOURNMENT 

The hearing was adjourned at 4:25 p.m. 



Tania Bauer 
Commission Secretary 



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Hadley Roff, President 
Stephen Nakajo, Vice President 
Pat Norman, Commissioner 
Russel Roeca, Commissioner 
Ted Soulis, Commissioner 



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Tania Bauer, Secretary 



No. 00-07 



MINUTES OF THE FIRE COMMISSION 

Regular Meeting - Thursday -March 23, 2000 - 6:00 p.m. 

698 Second Street, Room 102 



Item 
No. 



1. ON ROLL CALL, the following were noted present: 

Acting President Hadley Roff 
Commissioner Stephen A. Nakajo 
Commissioner Russell S. Roeca 
Commissioner Ted N. Soulis 
Commissioner Pat Norman 



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Robert L. Demmons 
Paul J. Tabacco 
Joseph C. Asaro 

Assistant Deputy Chiefs 



Chief of Department 

Deputy Chief, Operations (Acting) 

Deputy Chief, Administration (Acting) 

Staff: 



Lome A. Kalos 
Ray Balzarini 
Daniel A. Sullivan 
Gary P. Massetani 

Chief Officers - Staff: 



Management Services 
Division of Airports 
Support Services (Acting) 
Fire Prevention 



Richard C. Shortall Emergency Medical Services 

Marshal Isaacs, M.D. Emergency Medical Services 

Chief Officers - Firefiqhtinq Services : 



Henry T. Smith 
Frank Cercos 
Arthur W. Kenney 



Division 1 (Acting) 
Division 2 
Division 3 



2. APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES 

Regular Meeting of March 9, 2000. 

Commissioner Roeca moved and Commissioner Norman seconded. 



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March 23, 2000 Regular Meeting 

Page 2 of 10 



Public Comment 



John Darmanin requested that the communications received by the Commission be described 
as to author and content in the minutes. Currently, they are described as such in the agenda. 
President Roff stated that it will be taken into submission. 

Mr. Darmanin objected to Lieutenant Ed Campbell's public comment, provided at the March 9, 
2000 Commission meeting, being perceived as an official statement of the San Francisco Fire 
Department. (See attachment Item 2, Approval of the Minutes). 

President Roff responded that he believed that Lieutenant Campbell made it very clear that he 
was speaking on his own behalf. He added that under the new Sunshine Ordinance individuals 
are free to speak on any topic affecting the Fire Department. Robert Demmons, Chief of 
Department, recalled that his perception was that Ed Campbell was speaking as a private 
citizen. 

Commissioner Norman suggested that the following paragraph be moved further up in the text 
of the minutes to clarify this issue: Chief Demmons wished to clarify that Lieutenant Campbell 
spoke before the Commission as an individual and not as a representative of the Department 
nor did he speak for the Administration. 

Commissioner Roeca accepted the above statement as a friendly amendment to his motion to 
approve the minutes. The minutes were approved as amended. 

3. CONSENT CALENDAR 

All matters listed hereunder (Items A through F) constitute a Consent Calendar, were 
considered to be routine by the Fire Commission, and were acted upon by a single roll-call 
vote of the Commission. At the request of Firefighter John Darmanin, Acting President Roff 
directed that Items A (Management Services), B.1 (Probationary Appointment), and E 
(Termination) be removed from the Consent Calendar. 

A. Monthly Reports 

Division of Fire Prevention & Investigation 

Submitting monthly report from Division of Fire Prevention and Investigation concerning 
activities performed during February 2000. 

Division of Management Services (Removed from Consent Calendar) 

Submitting monthly report from Division of Management Services concerning activities 
performed during February 2000. 

Physician's Report 

Submitting biweekly reports of Fire Department Physician concerning disability injuries from 
February 19 through March 3, 2000. 

B. Appointments 

1 . Probationary Appointment (Removed from Consent Calendar) 

Reporting the following probationary appointment effective March 6. 2000: 

1233 EEO Program Specialist 

Suzanne Wong (vice: James Pearce) 

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2 Permanent Appointments 

Reporting the following permanent appointments effective February 28. 2000 

H3 Firefighter Paramedic 

Jonathan Baxter Mark Gradney 

Stuart Sprung Leon White 

The above four H3 Firefighter Paramedics are appointed vice H2 positions 
(Note : This item was previously reported in Fire Commission Minutes 03-09-00) 

3. Permanent Exempt 

Reporting the permanent exempt appointment of 0114 Commissioner Pat Norman 
effective March 8, 2000. 

4. Temporary Appointments 

Reporting having made 272 temporary appointments February 19 through March 3, 
2000. 

C. Leaves of Absence 

Submitting request for leave of absence with pay for Inspector Tyrone Pruitt, Bureau of Fire 
Prevention, for 5 days, May 22 through May 26, 2000, in order to attend a class given by 
International Association of Black Professional Firefighter at Dillard University, New Orleans. 
All expenses will be paid by Inspector Pruitt. He will not be replaced. 

Submitting request for leaves of absence for Inspectors Kevin Callaghan and Terrence 
Smith, Bureau of Fire Prevention, for two days, March 16 through March 17, 2000, in order 
to attend a training class given by Peninsula Community Services in Millbrae, California. 
Registration fee will be paid by the department. Inspectors Callaghan and Smith will not be 
replaced. 

D. Retirement 

Communication received from Retirement Board indicating the '■ following member has 
retired: 

Name Rank " Type Retirement Date 

May, Gary A. H-20 Lieutenant Service February 16, 2000 

Retirement Certificate will be presented at a Fire Commission meeting during May 2000. 

E. Termination (Removed from Consent Calendar) 

Submitting termination of 1426 Sr. Clerk Typist Eunice Booker, EMS Division, effective close 
of business February 28, 2000. 

F. Accidents 

Submitting reports and recommendations of the Accident Review Committee regarding the 
following accidents: 

Apparatus Accident Number Date Serial Number Category Recommendation 

Engine 6 99-0-153 1/15/00 ~510 C Rli 

Officer: T/Lt. Paul Crawford; Driver: FF Robert Matiek 
Cause: Did not gain control of intersection 

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While crossing an intersection against red light, Engine 6 struck civilian vehicle. 

Apparatus Accident Number Date Serial Number Category Recommendation 

Medic 41 99-0-154 1/21/00 717 ' A File 

Driver: FF/Paramedic Kristina Nelson 
Cause: Misjudged clearance 

While transporting patients to hospital, Medic 41 lightly struck stopped civilian vehicle. 

Apparatus Accident Number Date Serial Number Category Recommendation 

Medic 14 99-0-155 1/24/00 730 B Bill 

Driver: FF/Paramedic Andre Birkhoff 
Cause: Struck by civilian vehicle 

While parked at an auto accident, Medic 14 was struck by truck and trailer trying to pass. 

Apparatus Accident Number Date Serial Number Category Recommendation 

Truck 2 99-0-156 1/25/00 619 A File 

Officer: T/Lt. Christopher Diaz; Driver: FF Joseph Guttman; Tiller: Henry Choy 
Cause: Misjudged clearance 

While returning to quarters and backing into station, Truck 2 struck vehicle parked in 

truck bay. No spotters were posted. 

Apparatus Accident Number Date Serial Number Category Recommendation 

Truck 7 99-0-157 1/26/99 620 A File 

Officer: T/Lt. Mike Wong; Driver: FF Jerry Heffernan; Tiller: Peter Arnautoff 
Cause: Misjudged clearance 

While passing double-parked civilian vehicle, Tiller operator misjudged clearance and 

struck side of vehicle. 

Apparatus Accident Number Date Serial Number Category Recommendation 

Medic 10 99-0-158 1/29/00 708 C File 

Driver: Paramedic Uwe Blesching 

Cause: Deficiency in defensive driving technique 

While responding with red light and siren, Medic 10 attempted a U-turn in an intersection 

and struck civilian vehicle . 

Apparatus Accident Number Date Serial Number Category Recommendation 

Engine 1 1 99-0-159 1/29/00 591 C File 

Officer: Captain Chris Gargano; Driver: FF Dennis King 
Cause: Misjudged Clearance 

While responding to Code 3, Engine 11 lightly struck stopped civilian vehicle without 

noticing impact. 

Apparatus Accident Number Date Serial Number Category Recommendation 

Engine 21 99-0-160 1/30/00 526 A File 

Officer Lt. Michael Drake; Driver: FF Larry O'Brien 

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Cause: Misjudged clearance 

While backing up to loading dock in Safeway parking lot, Engine 21 struck a stanchion. 
Spotters were posted but were directing civilian vehicles and pedestrians. 



Apparatus Accident Number Date Serial Number Category Recommendation 

Battalion 3 99-0-161 1/31/00 921 A File" 

Driver: Chiefs Operator Harold French 
Cause: Misjudged clearance 



While backing into driveway of Station 35, Battalion 3 struck a construction barrier. No 
spotter was posted even though barrier was in blind spot of driver. 



Apparatus Accident Number Date Serial Number Category Recommendation 

Medic 36 99-0-162 1/31/00 B Fili 

Driver: Paramedic Frank McMahan 
Cause: Struck by civilian vehicle 

While responding to Code 3 and making right turn, Medic 36 was struck by civilian which 

did not heed siren and kept moving. 



Apparatus Accident Number Date Serial Number Category Recommendation 

Medic 8 99-0-163 2/2/00" 724 B Bill 

Driver: Paramedic Scott Richard 

Cause: Struck by civilian vehicle - hit and run 

While responding to incident, Medic 8 was stopped in an intersection due to traffic and 

was lightly rear-ended by civilian vehicle which left the scene. 



Apparatus Accident Number Date Serial Number Category Recommendation 

Engine 39 99-0-164 2/3/00 592 A File 

Officer Lt. Thomas Abbot; Driver: FF Thomas Manini 

Cause: Misjudged clearance 

While responding to an incident, Engine 39 had limited clearance, due to vehicles 
stopped to let Engine 39 pass, and while proceeding through narrow passage struck 
civilian vehicle. 



Apparatus Accident Number Date Serial Number Category Recommendation 

Truck 19 99-0-165 2/3700 612 A File 

Officer: Lt. Rudy Guarjdo; Driver: FF Mathew Wayne; Tiller: Stephen Maguire 
Cause: Misjudged clearance 

While exiting from SFSU campus, Truck 19 drove through narrow security gate and 

struck metal pole by gate. Spotters were not posted. 



Apparatus Accident Number Date Serial Number Category Recommendation 

Engine 48 99-0-166 2/3700 509 A File 

Officer T/Lt. Joseph King; Driver FF Brent Stuckert 
Cause: Misjudged clearance 

While responding to alarm and making a tight right turn, Engine 48 struck high curb. 



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Category A - An accident which has occurred because of inattention to vehicle operator's and/or 
officer's responsibilities or because of misjudgment of clearance in operating apparatus near 
stationary objects. 

Category B - An accident in which fire department personnel exercised reasonable judgment and 
precautions, exhibited good apparatus operator's and officer's skills and observed all state, local 
and fire department statutes, ordinances and rules. 

Category C - An accident which has occurred because of apparatus operator's misjudgment of 
clearance, deficiency in defensive driving techniques, or failure to anticipate other vehicle's 
movements. 

Commissioner Roeca moved and Commissioner Norman seconded. There were no 
questions or discussion and Items A through F, with the exception of Items A (Management 
Services), B.1 (Probationary Appointment) and E (Termination), on the Consent Calendar 
were approved or ordered filed as appropriate. 



A. Monthly Reports 

Division of Management Services (Item Removed) 

Submitting monthly report from Division of Management Services concerning activities 
performed during February 2000. 

John Darmanin wished clarification on any organizational changes that have been made in 
the Management Services Division since he was not aware of them and they had not been 
recorded in the minutes. He wondered if they were reported in the Management Services 
monthly report. Chief Demmons responded that the EEO unit currently reports to the 
Director of Human Resources; furthermore, that organizational change had occurred at least 
two months ago and was not part of the monthly report. Mr. Darmanin wished further 
clarification on how to request reports and information. Chief Demmons suggested some 
options. 

Commissioner Roeca moved for approval of Item 3.A. Monthly Report - Management 
Services and Commissioner Norman seconded. The motion was unanimously approved. 

B. Appointments 

1 . Probationary Appointment (Item Removed) 

Reporting the following probationary appointment effective March 6. 2000: 

1233 EEO Program Specialist 

Suzanne Wong (vice: James Pearce) 

Commissioner Roeca moved for approval of item 3.B. and Commissioner Nakajo seconded. 

John Darmanin wished to know the circumstances of the provisional appointments of 
several Assistant Chiefs since the appointments have expired. (See Attachment Item 3.B. 
Appointments) 

President Roff found no relevance to Item 3.B. in Mr. Darmanin's comment. He asked 
Deputy City Attorney Marie Blits to speak to this issue. Ms. Blits stated that since this item 
was part of the Consent Calendar, it does not entail questions and answers. Mr. Darmanin 
may make a statement but that there is another place on the agenda for general public 
comment. 

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President Roff called for the question and Item 3.B. Appointments - Probationary 
Appointments was unanimously approved. 

E. Termination (Item Removed) 

Submitting termination of 1426 Sr. Clerk Typist Eunice Booker, EMS Division, effective close 
of business February 28, 2000. 

Mr. Darmanin expressed his regret at the termination of Eunice Booker. (See attachment 
3.E Termination). He wished to know what members of the Commission voted for this 
termination. 

President Roff asked Deputy City Attorney Blits to respond. Ms. Blits stated that this was 
simply a notice from the department and that the Commission is only accepting a report of 
termination. The Commission has no jurisdiction and took no action other than to receive the 
report. 

Commissioner Roeca moved for approval of Item 3.E Terminations and Commissioner 
Norman seconded. The motion was unanimously approved. 

4. REGULAR CALENDAR -NEW BUSINESS 

A. Letters of Commendation 

Submitted 7 letters commending members of the Department for response to requests for 
assistance, emergencies, or training. 

President Roff directed that these letters be acknowledged and incorporated in the minutes 
of today's meeting. 

B. Chief of Department's Monthly Report 

Submitting monthly report from Chief of Department on monthly status of department 
personnel, equipment and apparatus for March 2000. 

The Secretary noted that the report of Chief of Department will be submitted at the April 1 3, 
2000 meeting. 

C. Election of Officers of the Fire Commission 

Nomination and election for the office of President and Vice President of the Commission 

Commissioner Roeca moved to nominate Hadley Roff for President and Commissioner 
Norman seconded. There were no questions or discussion and the motion was 
unanimously approved. 

Commissioner Roeca moved to nominate Stephen Nakajo for Vice President and 
Commissioner Soulis seconded. There were no questions or discussion and the motion 
was unanimously approved. 

President Roff stated that it was a rare pleasure to serve on this Commission, with 
Commissioners who were so conscientious and so able. He pointed out his particular 
kinship with Vice President Nakajo and was pleased that they would be partnering as 
President and Vice President. 



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Vice President Nakajo stated that he was ready to accept the challenge and the 
responsibility and that he was pleased to work with President Roff to continue the vision. 
Commissioner Nakajo expressed his appreciation of all the Commissioners and the officers 
of the department for their hard work. 

At this point, President Roff asked Chief Demmons if he would like to make some 
introductions. Chief Demmons introduced Paul Tabacco as the new Deputy Chief of 
Operations replacing Harold Gamble who had retired. Additionally, Joseph Asaro has been 
promoted to Deputy Chief of Administration, after serving with distinction as Director of 
Training, and Dan Sullivan has been appointed as Assistant Deputy Chief for Support 
Services. 

D. Public Comment 

John Hanley, President, Local 798, congratulated both President Roff and Vice President 
Nakajo and commended the Commission on the wisdom of the selection. Additionally, he 
welcomed the three new members of the administration and looked forward to working with 
them. 

Lieutenant Patricia Yuen, Coordinator, San Francisco Fire Department Neighborhood 
Emergency Response Team Training Program (NERT), invited the Commission to the 
citywide NERT drill which will take place on April 15, 2000. Ms. Yuen stated that it was 
NERTs tenth anniversary and since that first graduation of 27 Marina residents, over 10,000 
people have been trained. She announced that a press conference will be held at 11:45 
a.m., with the Chief of Department and the Director, the Mayor's Office of Emergency 
Services, speaking. Ms. Yuen hoped that some Commissioners would attend and, possibly, 
even speak. President Roff commended Lieutenant Yuen on this outstanding program. 

Christopher Darmanin, student, wished to voice his concern regarding the protective gear 
of firefighters since his father and two uncles were firefighters. He stated that he had written 
to the Mayor and the Commission about the dangerous condition of the safety equipment. 
Mr. Darmanin was aware that the Fire Department has taken steps to correct these 
problems and hoped the policy and action plans would be fully implemented. 

Furthermore, Mr. Darmanin wished to address an unfortunate incident that occurred in April 
1998, when he was sixteen years old. At that time, he took a message from Chief 
Demmons, delivered by an officer, that his father was demoted. Mr. Darmanin was very 
upset by this message and found it insensitive. He has come before the Commission to 
receive an apology. (See Attachment 4.D. Public Comment). 

President Roff believed that an investigation had been undertaken but the outcome had 
been inconclusive. Mr. Darmanin responded that it had been inconclusive because he was 
never contacted. President Roff explained that there had been a clarification of the rules to 
the effect that no communications of that type were to be telephonic. 

John Darmanin, thanked his son for coming before the Commission. Prior to his public 
comment, Mr. Darmanin wished to ascertain that his comments, as submitted to the 
Secretary, would be published in accordance with the new Sunshine Ordinance. The 
Secretary responded that public comment of up to 150 words would be published with the 
minutes, as stipulated by the Sunshine Ordinance. 

Mr. Darmanin recounted a personal attack on himself by another firefighter while on duty at 
a fire station (See attachment C. Public Comment). Mr. Darmanin wished to bring up this 
incident before the Fire Commission, even though it occurred some time ago, to 

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demonstrate to the Commission of how improper it was of them to allow Lieutenant Ed 
Campbell to provide similar public comment about an event which also occurred some time 
ago, and which attacked Mr. Darmanin's integrity. 

Commissioner Soulis called for a stop to these personal attacks at Commission meetings. 
He encouraged adherence to the Commission's three-minute rule for public comment. 
Commissioner Soulis believes that the Commission has been more than indulgent and 
sympathetic in allowing this type of public comment but it has proven unproductive and is 
neither good for the City or the department. 

Tim Seufert and Richard Kay, members, Haight-Divisadero Neighbors and Merchants 
Association, appealed to the Commission for assistance in obtaining some maintenance for 
the historic firehouse at 1 152 Oak Street. Mr. Seufert stated that "Old 21" is in such disrepair 
that it is an embarrassment to the whole neighborhood. Promises of repair had been made 
but there never seemed to be enough money in the budget to start renovation. He noted that 
the neighborhood is regenerated and a great place to live although "Old 21" is one of the 
last remaining eyesores in the lower Haight, even though it is a landmark building. Mr. 
Seufert re-iterated his appeal and offered his and the Haight-Divisadero Neighbors and 
Merchants Association help to facilitate a renovation. 

Commissioner Soulis agreed with Mr. Seufert's comments and noted that he had property in 
this neighborhood since 1984. He had urged the Administration to allocate some funds for 
the renovation and even volunteered to fundraise with his artwork. Commissioner Soulis 
asked Assistant Deputy Chief Massetani to address this issue. 

Assistant Deputy Chief Massetani pointed out that the department, with assistance from the 
Bureau of Architecture, is considering some improvements. Under discussion was not only 
the proper color coding for the building but also whether the building should undergo a 
cosmetic change only or if seismic upgrades and ADA accessibility problems should also be 
addressed. 

Richard Kay reviewed the historical aspects of the building and its landmark status but he 
noted that while the rest of the neighborhood had improved, "Old 21" remains a blight. The 
Haight-Divisadero Neighbors and Merchants Association had meet two years ago with 
representatives of the Fire Department and had been promised that funds were allocated for 
the building's renovation but the money was used for other needs in the department. Mr. 
Kay and his group are concerned that this could happen again. He hoped that he could stay 
in touch with Assistant Deputy Chief Massetani regarding any plans for the building. 

Commissioner Norman, whose office is nearby, noted that she is very familiar with this 
building and has seen it falling apart piece by piece; she would like to be informed regarding 
what steps are being taken for the renovation of the building. 

President Roff announced that the Phoenix Society of San Francisco would be holding its 
annual award dinner on Wednesday, March 29, 2000, honoring Firefighter of the Year, 
Lieutenant Charles Crane. Anyone wishing further information about the dinner, should 
contact the Secretary. 

E. Communications Received by Commission 

Five communications were received by the Commission from March 3, 2000, through March 
16, 2000. 



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F. Adjournment 



There being no further business to come before the Commission, the meeting was 
adjourned at 7.15 p.m. 



Tania Bauer 
Secretary 



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March 9, 2000 

Chief Robert Dcmmons 

San Francisco Fire Department 

698 Second Street 

San Francisco, C A 94107 

Dear Chief Demmons: 

I would like to extend my deepest thanks and congratulations to you and the people at San 
Francisco Firefighters Local 798. Your committed service to the community was evidenced 
again at your recent blood drive held at the Irwin Memorial Center. 

During your blood drive March 1* 2 nd , and 3 rd , 2000 we were able to collect 133 units of 
lifesaving blood. I cannot emphasize enough the invaluable role the San Francisco Firefighters 
play in assisting us to collect the blood relied on by the hospitals in the Bay Area. Your group 
has played a vital role in saving the lives of many local patients. Your work could not be 
appreciated more by approximately 399 patients whom have already benefited from this blood 
drive. 

It is groups like the San Francisco Firefighters that make it possible for the Blood Centers of the 
Pacific to supply blood and save lives daily. In 1999 your organization sponsored three blood 
drives for a total of 704 units, resulting in over 2,500 patients lives saved. This was accomplished 
by the enthusiasm and support of the coordinators Bob Arzave, Mark Sikora, and Romelia Scott 
who are devoted to this life-saving cause. Thank you for your cooperation to make these 
invaluable coordinators available for the days of the drive. 

Please extend my thanks to the donors who came to the center to share the Gift of Life, and the 
team of recruiters who made it possible. Thank you as well to the Firefighter Department for the 
assistance and cooperation to make the blood drives successful. My thanks is small compared to 
the thanks you would be given from the patients and their families whom your group has helped. 

Sincerely, 




Naomi Sever 
Account Representative 
Donor Recruitment Department 



Enclosure 



A merger of two independent blood centers 




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Chief Robert Demmons 

San Francisco Fire Department 

698 Second Street 

San Francisco, C A 94107 



Re: Medic No. 35 



Dear Chief Demmons: 

I am writing to say thank you to your paramedic crew that responded to a call to help me 
at my office in the late afternoon on Thursday February 10, 2000. The crew was here very fast 
and, once they arrived, acted in an extremely efficient manner. They ended up taking me to 
UCSF Emergency, and acted professionally throughout their handling of the episode. 

I certainly don't recommend that all citizens find out for themselves how efficiently your 
paramedics can operate, but I now know from firsthand experience that they can be of 
extraordinary value. Anyone who has an episode requiring the use of paramedics is likely to be 
scared. I know I was, but your crew took command of the situation without being alarmist. The 
head of the team continued to inform me what she was doing and why. I assumed part of what 
she was doing was also to continue to evoke responses from me to assure that I was conscious 
and oriented, and although I was not feeling well, I did not mind the intrusions because I knew 
she was doing her job. 

I am sure you get complaints about response time, inefficiencies, etc. so I figured you 
(and particularly the crew) deserved to hear from someone with no complaints to register, but 
who simply wanted to say thanks for a job well done. 

Sincerely, 




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Harvey tjGould 




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545 - 39th Avenue, #8 
San Francisco, CA 94121 
March 8, 2000 

Robert L. Demmons 
Chief, Fire Department 
698 Second Street 
San Francisco, CA 94107 

Dear Chief Demmons, 

I wanted to take a moment to express my gratitude for allowing us to setup a 
polling place inside of the Firehouse at 499 - 41st Avenue in San Francisco. The 
crew at Engine 34 are gracious hosts, and on behalf of myself, and the other 
volunteers that work with me, we sincerely appreciate their hospitality. 

This is the fourth time that I have worked in this Firehouse, and each time, the 
(same) crew has gone out of its way to make sure that we are comfortable and 
not in want for anything. Engine 34 is an asset to the San Francisco 
Community. 

Again, thank you! 

Sincerely, 




Robert M. Barone 



To whom it may concern, 



We are writing to thank Firefighters John and Frank for 
their wonderful presentation in February.They came to our 
school, Coleman Elementary and did an excellent program 
full of very important information! 

The 75 students that attended were grades Kindergarten 
and First. All of the students especially enjoyed the hands- 
on part of the program. This is where they put their 
uniforms on and did a "mock" search and rescue. 

Both John and Frank had an appropriate program for the 
young students. They focused on topics such as a 
"meeting place, 91 i, smoke detectors in the house, and 
what a fire can really dof All of these topics the students 
learned from! Each student received a coloring book full of 
information! 

John and Frank should present this to every school in 
San Francisco! They were personable, funny, kept the 
students under control and still were able to present! We 
want to thank them for taking time out of their day to help 
the students of Coleman Elementary! 

Sincerely, 

The Kindergarten and First grade teachers of 
Coleman Elementary School 



PUPIL SERVICES 
February 18, 2000 1WO Mission Street, Rm. #8 

Ban Franc leoo, CA 04105 

Mr. Robert Demmons 
SF Fire Fighters Chief 
698 2 nd Street 
San Francisco, CA 94107 

Dear Mr. Demmons: 

This letter is being sent to you to inform you of the outstanding services the San 
Francisco Fire Fighters Toy Program have delivered to the Family Mosaic Project. 

The goal of the Project is to provide San Francisco children and youth who have serious 
emotional problems, and who are at-risk of out-of-home placement, with a local system 
of culturally competent services which will enhance family unity, capability and 
responsibility. Over the past nine years, during my tenure at Family Mosaic Project, 
every Christmas season, we have been the recipients of more than one hundred toys for 
the youngsters we serve. The gifts have truly brightened the lives of our clients and have 
kept hope and love alive for them. Many of them would have not received presents 
without the help of the Fire Fighters Toy Program. 

Thanks are in order - for the SF Fire Fighter Toy Program and to all the fine fire fighters 
for volunteering on their days off to brighten the lives of children and their families 
during the Holiday Season. 



Sincerely yours, 

E. Nell Pumphrey ' 



CC: Mr. JohnVoelker 

SF Fire Fighters Toy Program 
1139 Mission Street 
San Francisco, CA 94103 



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San Francisco City Hall 
400 Van Ness 
San Francisco, CA 94109 

RE: Paramedic Commendation 



Dear Mayor Brown: 

I wish to commend the Paramedic team 28 of Station 2 which rendered magnificent emergency 
medical care, on very short notice, to my wife, Carol, on the rainy evening of February 11, 2000. 
We were dining at Anjou Restaurant on Compton Lane in San Francisco and their response was 
remarkable. Their kindness and medical proficiency were of the highest caliber. The medics who 
attended my wife were Larry Para, Rafael Cordon and Mike Menefee. 



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Item 2. Approval of the Minutes 

Public Comment by John Darmanin 



rubiic Lomment Statement - This 
summary statement is provided by 
the speaker and is neither generated 
by, nor are its contents subject to 
approval by, the Fire Commission 



I would also like to mention that I reviewed the minutes of the March 9, 2000. After I 
read the comments made during Public Comment, it appeared and was strongly 
represented that Lt. Ed Campbell, Public Information Officer was speaking on behalf of 
the Fire Department. I also reviewed the videotape of his comments and the same 
impression was perceived during that viewing. I want the record to reflect tonight that 
by allowing Lt. Campbell to read an inaccurate excerpt from an unofficial transcript of 
comments made on a radio talk show over two years ago was foolish, slanderous and 
inconsistent with previous rulings you have made in the past. You have previously told 
me that the Fire Commission was no place to level personal allegations against 
individuals. In this instance, not only did you allow Lt. Campbell to attack my integrity 
and good name, you assisted him. 



Item 3.A. Consent Calendar, Monthly Reports - Management Services 

Public Comment by John Darmanin 

I would like to know if all of the Monthly reports are reviewed by the fire commission 
before a motion is made to accept them? I would also like to know if the Management 
Services report submitted tonight, explains why the EEO unit no longer reports to the 
Management Services Division Chief? I understand that the EEO unit now reports to 
the newly created position of Human Resources Director. I would like an explanation 
from the fire commission or if possible, can I submit a request to the Fire Department 
Chief, as a private citizen, without going through the chain of command. 

Item 3.B. Consent Calendar, Appointments 

Public Comment by John Darmanin 

Over three years ago, in 1996, there were a number of Assistant Chiefs appointed on a 
Provisional basis. The way I understand the City Charter, provisional appointments 
shall not exceed three years and may only be renewed with the approval of the Board of 
Supervisors and upon certification by the Human Resources Director that for reasons 
beyond his or her control the Department has been unable to conduct examinations for 
these positions. I also understand that the Board of Supervisors granted a 6-month 
extension to these provisional appointments in June 1999. That extension expired in 
January 2000. 

I have several questions. First, are these Division Chiefs still being carried as 
provisional appointments? If so, that would make the Fire Department in violation of the 
City Charter, would it not? Secondly, if their provisional appointments have expired, 
does that mean that they are technically like work, like pay?" 

Item 3.E. Consent Calendar, Terminations 

Public Comment by John Darmanin 

I want to express my deep sorrow and regret to Eunice Booker, who is listed in this 
agenda item as being terminated. She was a valued civilian member of this department 
and it is beyond belief that this fire commission would allow such extreme punishment to 
be leveled against her. I have no doubt that this will result in yet another lawsuit 
brought against the fire department and I am sure it will be successful. The members of 
the Fire Commission who were involved in this action should be ashamed of 
themselves. I would like to know who voted to terminate Eunice Booker. Can you 
answer that question for me? 



Public Comment Statement - This 
summary statement is provided by 
the speaker and is neither generated 
by, nor are its contents subject to 
approval by, the Fire Commission 



Item 4.D. Public Comment 

Public Comment by Christopher Darmanin 

My name is Christopher Darmanin. My father and two Uncles are SF firefighters. I am 
18 years old and attend George Washington University in Washington, DC. This is my 
first time attending a Fire Commission meeting. Last month, I copied the Fire 
Commission with a letter I wrote concerning the dangerous condition of Safety 
Equipment worn by San Francisco Firefighters. As a result, the Department has made 
efforts to correct the problems. I just hope that the Fire Commission ensures that the 
recently submitted policy and action plan is implemented. 

Secondly, nearly two years ago when I was 16 years old Chief Michael McKinley called 
my house and told me to tell my father that he had been demoted back down to 
firefighter and was going back to the firehouse. 

It was very insensitive to give a 16-year old such bad news and I am here to receive an 
apology. 



Public Comment Statement - This 
summary statement is provided by 
the speaker and is neither generated 
by, nor are its contents subject to 
approval by, the Fire Commission 



Item 4.D. Public Comment 

Public Comment by John Darmanin 

I was physically assaulted by a firefighter while working in the firehouse. I sustained 
injuries to my jaw. Eight firefighters had to get this firefighter off me. This firefighter was 
angry with me because I filed charges against him. While we were waiting for this 
matter to go to trial, Chief Demmons attempted to compel my only witness into dropping 
the charges filed against this other firefighter. Luckily, my witness had character and 
integrity and refused to be bullied and threatened into submission. Later this firefighter 
was arrested and convicted of charges relating to this assault. 

This happened a long time ago and I have tried to forget the incident. I wanted to tell 
you this story to demonstrate to you how improper it was for you to allow Lt. Ed 
Campbell to bring up an old, stale issue using words taken out of context and reading 
from an unofficial transcript. 



Public Comment Statement - This 
summary statement is provided by 
the speaker and is neither generated 
by, nor are its contents subject to 
approval by, the Fire Commission 



FIRE COMMISSION 

City and County of £an Francisco 



Hadley Roff, President /^f^lsK 698 Second Str eet 

Stephen Nakajo, Vice President ffffiii&®%( San Francisco CA 94107 

, Pat Norman, Commissioner W$£mM Telephone 415.558.3451 

3/0O Russell Roeca, Commissioner ^£m^ Fax 415.558.3413 

' I Ted Soulis, Commissioner ^^Hg^ Tania Bauer, Secretary 

^MINUTES OF THE FIRE COMMISSION 

Special Hearing, Thursday, April 13, 2000 - 4:00 p.m. 

698 Second Street, Room 221, San Francisco, CA 94107 nOPI IMPMTC r\CDT 

JUN - 5 MJO 

Item 

No SAN FRANCISCO 

1. On ROLL CALL, the following were noted present: PUBLIC LIBRARY 

Commissioner Russell S. Roeca 

Note: Commissioner Roeca has been appointed by the Commission to sit for the Hearing. 

2. PUBLIC COMMENT 

John Darmanin wished to know if a single Commissioner sitting as a hearing officer would 
now become standard for upcoming hearings. Commissioner Roeca responded that it is 
allowable under the Charter and that the Commission had appointed him. He added that 
Local 798 had objected to this and it would be addressed later in the hearing. 

Mr. Darmanin was also concerned that the hearing was not noticed, as were previous 
hearings. He assumed that it was technically not a regular Commission hearing since there 
was no quorum of Commissioners present. The Secretary responded that the meeting was 
noticed by being posted to the Library and on the Commission bulletin board. Commissioner 
Roeca added that the Commission would take Mr. Darmanin's observations under 
consideration. 

John Hanley, President, Local 798, wished to state the union's objection to a single hearing 
officer being used in disciplinary hearings. The union believes that this is a change in 
conditions and should, therefore, be subject to meet and confer provisions as set forth in the 
Charter of San Francisco, Section A8.590. 

3. FORMAL HEARING ON A FORMAL COMPLAINT FILED BY CHIEF OF DEPARTMENT 
AGAINST REYNALD BACIGALUPI (Continued from Meetings of 1/27/00, and 2/10/00) 

Formal Hearing concerning formal complaint filed by Robert L. Demmons, Chief of 
Department, on November 2, 1999, against Firefighter Reynald Bacigalupi for violation of a 
prior Settlement Agreement with the Fire Commission, which provided that a tested blood 
alcohol level of 0.04% or higher would constitute cause for termination. 

This portion of the hearing, and any possible Commission Deliberations, may be held in 
Closed Session pursuant to Government Code Section 54957. 

Firefighter Bacigalupi did not request a closed hearing. 



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Fire Commission Minutes 

April 13, 2000 Special Meeting 

Page 2 of 2 



A. Hearing 

Commissioner Roeca established that the following parties were present: Vincent 
Courtney, Jr., represented Renald Bacigalupi, who was present; also present: John 
Hanley, President, San Francisco Firefighters Local 798. Pamela Thompson, Deputy 
City Attorney, represented the Fire Department and Marie Blits, Deputy City Attorney 
represented the Fire Commission. 

Commissioner Roeca requested that each counsel present a list of witnesses that would 
be testifying. A number of legal and procedural issues were raised by both parties during 
this process. 

Upon hearing both parties' presentation, Commissioner Roeca noted that the scope of 
the hearing had expanded and requested that briefs be submitted by both parties 
addressing the legal issues raised, including the issue of the propriety of a Last Chance 
Agreement and the issue of a single Commissioner appointed as the hearing officer. 



B. Hearing and Possible Commission Deliberations on Formal Complaint 

The Special Hearing was continued to June 8, 2000, 4:00 p.m., with Commissioner 
Roeca hearing oral arguments on briefs filed by the parties. The evidentiary hearing has 
been scheduled for August 9, 2000, 9:00 a.m., with continuance to August 10, 2000, 
9:00 a.m., if necessary. 

Please Note: 

1. The above only represents a summary of the proceedings. The transcript of the court 
reporter is attached. 

2. The letter from the Secretary specifying the material that has to be submitted, and 
designating the respective dates of submittal, is also attached. 

4. ADJOURNMENT 

The hearing was adjourned at 4:42 p.m. 

Public Comment after Adjournment 

Harry Paretchan, former member of the Fire Department and current member of the Health 
Board, spoke on behalf of Firefighter Bacigalupi. 



Tania Bauer 
Commission Secretary 



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FIRE COMMISSION 

City and County of San Francisco 



Hadley Roff, President ^gpfev 698 Second Street 

Stephen Nakajo, Vice President ar^Sff^W San Francisco CA 94107 

Pat Norman, Commissioner Wfflffw&ffl Telephone 415.558.3451 

Russell Roeca, Commissioner ^Wm&^ Fax 415.558.3413 

Ted Soulis, Commissioner ^Bg^ Tania Bauer, Secretary 



April 21, 2000 

Vincent J. Courtney, Jr. 
Courtney & Courtney 
1375 Sutter Street, Suite 
San Francisco, CA 94109-5434 

Re: Firefighter Renald Bacigalupi Termination Hearing 

Dear Mr. Courtney: 

This letter is written following the April 13, 2000, hearing in the above-noted 
matter, to confirm scheduling and to provide further instructions as follows: 

1. The parties shall each brief the legal issues raised at the April 13th 
hearing through oral and written argument, including the issue of the 
propriety of a Last Chance Agreement as raised by Firefighter's counsel, 
and including the issue of whether one Commissioner shall continue to 
hear the matter as a single Hearing Officer who will later advise the full 
Commission as to his findings and recommendations. 

2. The Department's brief shall be filed in the Commission Office and served 
on opposing counsel on or before 12:00 noon on May 15th. 

3. Firefighter Bacigalupi's responsive brief shall be filed in the Commission 
Office and served on opposing counsel on or before 12:00 noon on May 
25th. At that same time, Counsel for Firefighter Bacigalupi shall also 
identify any evidence requested but not yet obtained 

4. The Commission Secretary shall schedule a date in June for oral 
argument on the briefs before Commissioner Roeca. 

5. Evidentiary hearing is scheduled August 9 and 10, 2000. 

6. Prior to the evidentiary hearing counsel shall confer and provide the 
following documents to the Commission office: 

A. Any motion(s) from either party: 

(1) The motion must be in writing, with a supporting memorandum of 
points and authorities, and with supporting exhibits if needed. 
The motion(s) and all supporting papers must be received at the 
Commission office on or before 12:00 noon on Wednesday, July 

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19, 2000 in order to be considered. The motion and all supporting 
papers must also be delivered to the office of opposing counsel 
on or before the same date and time. 

(2) Opposing counsel must either file opposition papers or a 
statement of non-opposition at the Commission office on or 
before 12:00 noon, Wednesday July 26, 2000, and deliver said 
document(s) to the office of opposing counsel on or before the 
same date and time. 

(3) Reply papers may be submitted to the Commission office on or 
before 12:00 noon on Wednesday August 2, 2000, and if 
submitted must be delivered to the office of opposing counsel on 
or before the same date and time. 

B. A Joint Statement, on or before 12:00 noon, Wednesday, August 2, 
2000, containing: 

(1) A statement of issues to be decided, specifying which items are 
disputed and which are undisputed, and summarizing the 
opposing positions on each disputed item; 

(2) A pre-numbered list of undisputed exhibits, with a proposed 
stipulation for admission; 

(3) A statement of undisputed facts, with a proposed stipulation for 
admission; 

(4) A pre-numbered list of disputed exhibits, with a summary of the 
opposing positions on each item, preferably presented in a chart 
form; 

(5) A statement of disputed facts, with a summary of the opposing 
positions on each item; 

(6) A list of proposed witnesses from each party, with a time estimate 
for each, and a brief description of the proposed testimony. 

Thank you very much for your cooperation and consideration. 
Very truly yours, 

T 

Russell S. Roeca 
Commissioner 



cc: Members, Fire Commission 

Marie Blits, Deputy City Attorney 



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Couission Secretary 

San Francisco Fire Couission 

Cits and Counts of San Francisco 

698 Second Street 

San Francisco, California 

94107-2015 

Telephone: 415-558-3451 




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Telephone: 415-386-9018 








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And I guess I lad a couple or questions relating 
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there was another disciplinary bearing a rev dags ago. And 


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Special Bearing or the Fire Coulsslon on Thursday, April 


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officer appointed for that as veil? Or vas that a fun 


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13th, 20M. 4:M. 


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aeeting or the Fire Coulsslon? 


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Itea one. Roll call. 


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CHAIRPERSON ROECA: It was an open hearing. The 


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Coulss loner Russell Roeca. 


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Coulsslon sat en banc, I guess, one would sag. Ue were 


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CHAIRPERSON ROECA: Present. 


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all present. It was an open bearing. And gou certalnlg 


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SECRETARY BAUER: Be It noted ror the record, 


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could have brought your videotape and been here ror that 


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Coulssloner Roeca has been appointed by the Coulsslon to 


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hearing. 


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sit ror the hearing. 


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But in response to your question, I was dulg 


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Is there ang public couent at this point In 


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appointed ror this hearing. It is southing that I believe 


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is contained in the Charter and is done bg the Police 


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CHAIRPERSON ROECA: Hello, fir. Darianln. 


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Coulsslon. But It is an issue which is being addressed 


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here todag, so — and we'll get to it. 


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ttR. DARMANIN: That vas ig concern, whether or 


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The ooli public couent I had was I think when It 


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not this was just the standard ror the future or what. 


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was first decided that a hearing officer, lourseir, vas 


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going to be appointed, I had soie questions then about, gou 


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know, the process, because it was a first to u that a 


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the Cltg Charter which peralts this to happen is ig 


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hearing officer would be appointed in a latter dealing with 


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understanding, and It was requested that I be appointed ror 


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a disciplinary action. And as far as I know, this Is the 


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this purpose. But I know that the union has raised an 


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addressed. I don't know how far we're going to get todag. 


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because I guess the reason It wasn't noticed is because 


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this — technical Ig, there's no quorui here, so that aagbe 


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started, Counsel, in this, is — are soie or the issues 


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it's not considered a Fire Coulsslon Meeting per se, but 


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that were, In fact, raised. 


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rather a bearing. And because It doesn't rail Into the 


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definition or a Fire Coulsslon aeeting, ror that reason I 


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closed hearing. I don't know if the parties requested it 


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ass uied that It vas not noticed ror that purpose? 


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continue as a closed Bearing or that It be an open bearing. 


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public llbrarg for notice. It vas not distributed as a 


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raised with us before. Our preference would be that the 


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full agenda, as a mil agenda would be noraallg 


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bearing would be an open hearing. 


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confusion because I know the f (rehouses, to the best or ay 


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excuse ae, ir I was inappropriate in the pronounceient or 


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noticed ror special lee tings. 


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closed, so the aaterials therein get exposed. 


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hearing was that or the notice or this hearing. I 


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observations into consideration, and theg will be 


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understand - at least, ir I interpret what the inroraation 


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was — the fact that this hearing was not noticed as were 


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previous hearings. And I'a a little concerned about that 


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the issues which have been raised bg the Issue — bg the 


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union — excuse ■ — in tens or whether it's appropriate 


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notified that I was to speak before tbe — before gou, so 


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to handle It with one bearing officer or whether we should 


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have the entire Coulsslon present. He'll consider these 


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which was sent gesterdag vhlch loo're veil aware or. 


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the witnesses are going to be, when we can reset this to 


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have it heard fullg, whether it's going to be in front or 


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conditions, and it should be bargained vltb the fleet and 


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the appointed officer or the roll Coulsslon. 


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So could we do that? 


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MR. COURTNEY: Yes, Coulss loner. And I 


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IK. HANLEY: It's reflected in the letter. 


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appreciate gour contents about the proceedings. 


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soietblng that we're going to evaluate. Obvlouslg, it was 


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CHAIRPERSON ROECA: Could I do one thing? 


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something that was received lesterdag, and we're dealing 


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BR. COURTNEY: Yes. 


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with that. . 


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CHAIRPERSON ROECA: I hate to interrupt gou. 


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Now, what I want to raise — and I've been 


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Could I have gou state gour nates for the record, so we can 


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requested — It's been requested bg the parties — that we 


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have a cotplete record of who's here. 


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continue the hearing because there are a nuiber of — one 


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m. COURTNEY: fig nate Is VI nee Courtneg. And 


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counsel sags It's been expanded. There are significant 


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issues being raised at this hearing, and we want the 


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CHAIRPERSON ROECA: Thank gou. 


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firefighter to have the full opportunltg, requlreients 


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which — whatever nag be necessarg. 


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The next thing that we would have is we're 


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tlR. COURTNEY: The witnesses that we would want 


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raising the Issue or prior practice. And we would have one 


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would be fir. Bacigalupl's supervisor, his lieutenant and 


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witness, a retired chief, who will testifg as to the 


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his captain. He's worked with then for gears. And we've 


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specific practice that tbe departtent bad in the past with 


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alreadg submitted a declaration on their behalf, but I 


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respect to the application of last chance agreetents. 


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think It would be better If theg could testifg. 


6 


And what we're going to be arguing, I believe, 


7 


Thei would testlfi to his condition on the date 


7 


based on what I've been told, is that in the past, a last 


8 


that be was tested. Be went back to work. He — I bel leve 


8 


chance agreement has been applied to people who have had 


9 


he drove that dag. we're attesting to get the journal, 


9 


drug problets on or off dutg, or to people who have bad 


10 


but it's down at headquarters for whatever reason. 


10 


alcohol problets on dutg, but never before has the 


11 


Theg would also testifg as to their experience 


11 


departtent applied a last chance agreetent to a firefighter 


12 


with hit as a firefighter in bis past performance. He 


12 


for an off-dots drinking Incident. And If that's the case, 


13 


wouldn't go Into that in great length. He would subiit his 


13 


then I think the union has also tade the argutent that the 


14 


performance evaluations for that purpose. 


14 


pollcg is being expanded to cover people in situations It 


15 


He also would have a toxlcologist cone because 


15 


didn't cover prevlouslg. 


IE 


we're going to contest the valldltg of the results of the 


16 


So that would be — I'i not sure who that chief 


17 


urine test, we're not contesting the chain or custodg. 


17 


will be because we haven't figured it out get, but we've 


18 


We're not saglng angbodg doctored it. We're not saglng 


18 


talked to a couple or thet. 


19 


that the test was — once the saiple was taken down to the 


19 


In addition to that, I would ask that the 


20 


Hall or Justice, that It was liproperlg rated or tested. 


20 


president or the union testifg briefly on the fleet and 


21 


But we are going to contest the procedure. Two things 


21 


Confer issues and his own personal experience with 


22 


baslcallg: One Is just the urinal gs is tests theiselves; 


22 


Firefighter Baclgalupl. 


23 


and, second Ig is the procedure that was used to get the 


23 


ir gou could give te just a tlnute, I think in 


24 


saiple that was tested. I'i not an expert in that, but we 


24 


addition to nr. Harts, Lieutenant Drgden, Captain Fuller, 


25 


will have soiebodg. 


25 


Ren Baclgalupl, a chief, and the union rep, we tag or tag 




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REMALD BACIGALUPI APRIL LI. 


2W6 


1 


not lave Hrs. Bacloalnpl testifi depending on — wo toov. 


1 


representative about Its recommendation In this case and 


2 


the Cl ti is going to pot Its case on first, and depending 


2 


perhaps to testirg regarding the duties or the riref lghter. 


3 


on what theg sai, we'll mate a Judgment at that point in 


3 


And, ir necessarg, depending on how this is organized, we 


4 


tlK. 


4 


mas call soaebodg from the Cltg At tomes' s office regarding 


S 


Now, I don't expect that to take aore than like 


5 


the original agreement. 


6 


one noraal session. I don't think it's going to be a 


6 


Mg concern is, as gou probablg have understood 


7 


two-dag hearing. I think ve can do this all fairlg 


7 


from mg letter, is that I see this hearing as being 


e 


quick is- / 


8 


restricted to the issue or whether the firefighter violated 


9 


CHAIRPERSON ROECA: When sou sag, *one noraal 


9 


the terms or the agreement. And if the Commission is in 


10 


session,' we have sort or a pollci here — we let people 


10 


accord with that, then this Is a verg narrow bearing in 


11 


pat on their cases. 


11 


which that Is the onlg obligation or the department to 


12 


What does "one noraal session' lean to sou? A 


12 


show. Here the terms violated? 


13 


dag? Half a dag? 


13 


Other issues as to the f irefiohter's performance, 


14 


r«. COURINEY: I'd sag less than a full dag. 


14 


toxlcologg issues, all of that, I Just don't — I don't 


IS 


Probablg aore than a half. Ue have subaltted prehearing 


15 


think — 


IB 


briefs. 


16 


CHAIRPERSON ROECA: You take the position It's 


17 


CHAIRPERSON ROECA: I've reviewed all of that, 


17 


out the window; It doesn't natter. 


18 


and I appreciate It. 


18 


IIS. THOMPSON: That's right. Even as to the 


19 


Iffi. COURTHEY: Okag. 


19 


urlnalgsls because that is — 


a 


CHAIRPERSON ROECA: Its. Ihoapson. 


20 


I think what is going on here Is that the member 


21 


IIS. THOHPSON: Our case will be prettg aucb as ve 


21 


is attempting to undermine and to undo the agreement that 


22 


indicated before. And that is we would call Captain Burke 


22 


he prevlouslg made. And that's the issue that I think the 


23 


on the satpllng. we'd call the chief medical exailner, 


23 


Commission has to address first. 


24 


Or. Stephens, on the urlnalgsls test and the effects of 


24 


CHAIRPERSON ROECA: I understand that that's gour 


25 


alcohol within the sgstea. Ue would call a department 


25 


position. I understand the firefighter's position and 




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concerns. And there are serious concerns here obvlouslg. 


1 


the correspondence from the outside, from third parties. 


2 


It's his livelihood. And so I want to lake sure that we 


2 


And so that's — I'm trglng to focus this now so the next 


3 


have a full and complete opportunltg to evaluate the 


3 


tine we meet we all are on the same page. 


4 


circumstances. 


4 


IIS. THOMPSON: If I could Just sag something 


5 


Die anion has also raised collateral Issues about 


5 


though, ir we do — if the hearing does end up including 


6 


the agreements which were entered into and the proprietg of 


6 


all the witnesses that have just been described, based on 


7 


that under the circumstances. And so what I would like to 


7 


■g experience with the last couple or hearings that we've 


e 


have done in advance — also one thing In addition, In 


6 


had, I think that saging a hair a dag or even a dag is 


9 


advance to the next date of hearing, is a brief from the 


9 


incredlblg optimistic, and that we're talking more about 


10 


Cltg on that vers Issue, okag, on the Issue or the 


10 


two dags when we're talking about the numbers or people 


11 


proprietg of the last chance agreement. All right? 


11 


that would be testifglng. 


12 


Is that understandable? 


12 


But that's a decision that, obvlouslg, the 


13 


IIS. THOMPSON: That Is. 


13 


Commission could make once gou've decided what the scope or 


14 


CHAIRPERSON ROECA: Okas. Good. I'd appreciate 


14 


this hearing is going to be. 


15 


that because that seeas to be a vers significant Issue 


IS 


CHAIRPERSON ROECA: Yes. And I know that the 


16 


that's being raised for the Commission to consider as well. 


16 


firefighter has waived time In ang event alreadg, and 


17 


But I do understand sour position in the case. 


17 


that's not an Issue. 


18 


MR. COURTNEY: Do gou want a response froi us on 


18 


MR. COURTHEY: That's correct. 


19 


that, too, Commissioner? 


19 


CHAIRPERSON ROECA: One of the problems, 


20 


US. THOMPSON: Well, actual Ig. I think - 


20 


obvlouslg, is getting five individual commissioners 


21 


CHAIRPERSON ROECA: Veil, gou addressed It, I 


21 


together to sit two dags In a row to hear these things. 


22 


believe, In sour brier alreadg if — 


22 


But ve do It. Ue do It on Saturdags, and we do It In the 


23 


flR. COURTNEY: Okag. 


23 


late boars. So ve're viiling to do that. And, obvlouslg, 


24 


CHAIRPERSON ROECA: - I'm correct. I read the 


24 


I cane dovn here todag. And I vas here gesterdag, so — 


25 


briers. I read everg thing that was submitted to me, all 


25 


Vhg don't gou provide us — 




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REXALD BACIGALUP 


I APRIL 13, 


2000 


1 


vhg don't ve do it soch that we have tvo dais in 


1 


ItS. THOtlPSOH: Yes. 


2 


a rov that, theoretical li, ve can participate If it were to 


2 


CHAIRPERSON ROECA: At least ve have dates and 


3 


go tvo dais. 


3 


we're set, and ve aren't in lltbo and it doesn't drag oat. 


4 


Its. THOtlPSOH: Mag I sag southing? What I would 


4 


its. THOtlPSOH: I understand. I differ. I vould 


S 


like to do is, actual ig, if I coold subilt ig brief, and 


5 


prerer to have it done a different vag, but I certalnli 


6 


theo've could have a ruling frot the amission as to vbat 


6 


accept the Coulss loner's deterilnatlon. 


7 


the scope is going to be. That takes a big difference on 


7 


CHAIRPERSON ROECA: I vlll state that we will in 


8 


tiling and preparing. I Kan, if I rind out that I onig 


8 


advance review the briefs. I can assure gou that I vlll. 


9 


have to prepare for tvo witnesses, it takes a difference in 


9 


And depending upon how the outcoie is or the challenge to 


10 


■I calendar as to when ri available. If I have to have 


10 


the designation or a single hearing officer as opposed to a 


11 


tvo dags available, that's another tatter for seven 


11 


rull Coulsslon cotes out, if all or — all or us vlll have 


12 


witnesses and an expert. So if ve could get the scope 


12 


considered it In advance or the hearing. Okag? 


13 


detertlned first. I think that vould be helpful. 


13 


MS. THOtlPSOH: Thank gou. 


14 


chairperson ROECA: rig preference vould be to get 


14 


CHAIRPERSON ROECA: Dates. 


IS 


it set because it tag be that to detertine the scope will 


15 


tlR. COURTNEY: That's fine vlth us. 


16 


require testitong. That, I don't even know right now. And 


16 


CHAIRPERSON ROECA: Okag. 


1? 


so vbat I want to do is get it set so that — 


17 


tlR. COURTNEY: He do plan on presenting evidence 


IB 


ir ve review it, It tight be narrowed verg 


18 


that I think vlll be relevant to the question concerning 


IS 


qulckli, and ve tag decide ve don't need testitong. 


19 


the prior agreeient. 


20 


However, on the other hand, it tag be that testitong is 


20 


CHAIRPERSON ROECA: I anticipated that. 


21 


necessan given the positions that the parties have set 


21 


Let's check out dates. 


22 


forth. I'll have to valt and see what I see. So I think 


22 


flag. Hov does ever gone look In flag? 


23 


that It's Itportant that ve at least get It set and then ve 


23 


IIS. THOMPSON: That's the problei on this end. I 


24 


can be flexible that vag. 


24 


can get a brief to gou bg Hag 8th, but I at not going to be 


25 


Is that fair? 


25 


available until veil into the tlddle or June for a two-dag 




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bearing. 


1 


adilsslble so that ve don't have to be arguing over that 


2 


CHAIRPERSON ROECA: I appreciate that. I heard 


2 


during these hearings, and the nature of the testitong 


3 


gou gesterdag. 


3 


that's going to be offered bg each witness because that 


4 


You can get a brier bg Hag 8th? 


4 


vlll then expedite things. 


5 


IIS. THOtlPSOH: Yes. 


5 


MR. COURTNEY: I had one request, too. As I 


6 


CHAIRPERSON ROECA: That Is satlsfactorg. 


6 


tentloned, the journals that are lalntalned in the 


7 


I voold suggest, Itr. Courtneg, that since ve'll 


7 


rirebouse, the dalli journals, theg're not there for the 


8 


probabli be setting this thing in June, that perhaps goo 


8 


period vhen Dr. Baclgalupl caie down and vas tested In 


9 


ought to suppig a response to her brief — 


9 


1997. I'd 1 Ike to Just take sure that that Is tade 


10 


MR. COURTNEY: Okag. 


10 


available, If It Is available, to us. 


11 


CHAIRPERSON ROECA: — vlthln a 1 lilted nuiber of 


11 


And then there's a second request ve had. we're 


12 


dags thereafter, so that there are no surprises as to vhat 


12 


contending that the discipline Itposed against hit is tuch 


13 


gour responses are going to be. And gou can indicate In 


13 


tore harsh than the wag other f Iref lohters have been 


14 


there vhlch witnesses gou vould be calling to present the 


14 


treated In the past for verg, verg slillar offenses. And 


15 


factual issues that gou think vould be necessarg on the 


15 


In that regard, I vould like to have access to the 


16 


point, so that ve know — ve can decide whether, in fact, 


16 


department's records of the discipline itposed on people 


17 


ve vlll need a bearing vlth factual witnesses. 


17 


vho have had drinking offenses in the past, vho have had 


18 


Its. THOMPSON: And tag I Just suggest 


18 


charges brought against thei as a result of incidents that 


19 


additional Ig, I thought that the procedure ve used in the 


19 


arose out or their drinking specif leal lg. Actual Ig, 


20 


last tatter vas verg helpful In having a stateient and a 


20 


Intoxication vould probablg be better. 


21 


tutual exchange or exhibits and vltnesses. 


21 


As I understand It, the chief is attetptlng to 


22 


CHAIRPERSON ROECA: Correct. And that's 


22 


treat alcohol 1st the sate vag as drug offenses are treated. 


23 


southing that we're Instituting In this Coulsslon, and 


23 


So it probablg vould lake tore sense to give us both. But 


24 


that is that ve do want that. Ve want to have an agreeient 


24 


I vould like to get that. 


25 


bg the parties as to vhlch docutent — vhlch evidence is 


25 


I obtained frot the Coulsslon soie records, but 




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REHALD BACIGALUPI APRIL 13. 


CVvv 


1 


tHei don't tell as — theg don't give as toe information 


1 


we've done this in other cm departments. He do it in 


2 


that we need. For example, toe record Hunt sai that the 


2 


litigation all the tine. 


3 


particular f iref looter vas charged tilth 3912 and the natter 


3 


MS. THOtlPSOH: What I think we need - 


4 


is pending, or — 


4 


fir. Courtneg has provided sone or bis requests in 


5 


CHAIRPERSOK ROECA: These are the quartern 


5 


writing to ne. Wbat I'd like to have Is a roll list or 


6 


reports that were provided to iou? 


6 


those, and then the department can review then and 


7 


IK. COURTNEY: That's correct. 


7 


determine the route — whether we're going to produce then, 


8 


There's no wag for us to see If that vas the 


8 


whether we believe that theg're relevant, whether there's 


9 


firefighter's first offense or not, or now it was 


9 


protected and privileged mrornatlon. And then if there's 


10 


ultimately disposed or. And there's no wag for us to tell, 


10 


a disagreement at that point, then that can be brought to 


11 


for exaiple, if — 


11 


the Couission. 


12 


fig understanding In a case that I nentloned in ig 


12 


CHAIRPERSON ROECA: Then let's do that. And 


13 


brief fron evidence that I'i aware exists Is that the 


13 


that's something that can be submitted well in advance and 


14 


flrerigbter was — got into a police problei off dutg as a 


14 


can be resolved along with the tlalng of the briefs that 


IS 


result of the officers questioning the fact that be was 


15 


are going to be submitted as well. And so that we will — 


16 


drinking too nuch. But he wasn't charged with 3912. And 


16 


whatever gou're entitled to obtain, gou can obtain well in 


17 


that was — 


17 


advance of the hearing. Okag? 


18 


You can't tell froi looking at these records 


18 


HR. COURTNEY: Okag. 


19 


whether the Incident or the offense arose out of an 


19 


CHAIRPERSON ROECA: So I'm going to have the 


20 


alcohol Isn situation. 


20 


Cltg's brier bg the 8th. A complete recitation or whatever 


21 


So I'd like to work out a reasonable wag — I 


21 


discovem gou think Is necessarg ror gour defense should be 


22 


don't need the naies of the individuals. We're not into 


22 


provided. And gou should meet with the cltg attorneg, 


23 


violating prlvacg, but I'd like to get just those 


23 


either in writing, or obviouslg gour telephones work, work 


24 


histories. And I don't think it would be too terrlblg 


24 


it out, and then get it in writing so It is In black and 


25 


difficult, we've done this In the police department. 


25 


white on the dag we're here at this hearing. 




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And ir there are disputes in advance or the 


1 


to dig up thousands of docunents for something that mag 


2 


hearing, we can consider then in advance of the hearing, so 


2 


have no appllcabllltg whatsoever. 


3 


that when we cone to the hearing, they're resolved before 


3 


CHAIRPERSON ROECA: That mag be the case. And so 


4 


we couence with witnesses so we don't waste tine that dag. 


4 


what I still want Is I still want to have the requests that 


S 


HR. COURTHEY: Very good. 


5 


he bel leves are necessarg made. 


6 


OS. THOtlPSOH: And, actual Ig, just so that we're 


6 


ItS. THOtlPSOH: Yes. 


7 


all on the sate page here, the issue of other records, ror 


7 


CHAIRPERSON ROECA: And I would like with that a 


8 


me. the answer to that Is going to he dependent on the 


8 


basis or whg those documents would be necessarg to 


9 


Conlsslon's ruling as to what the scope of this hearing 


S 


undermine the sanctltg, or whatever other word is 


10 


Is. 


10 


appropriate, ror the settlement agreement. 


11 


CHAIRPERSON ROECA: Oh, absolute!?. I lean, a 


11 


IIS. THOtlPSOH: And so then the due date ror that 


12 


lot of this would not be — If there's a determination that 


12 


is — I'm sorry if I missed that. 


13 


there was a settleient agreement that was entered into and 


13 


CHAIRPERSON ROECA: flag 8th is gour responsive 


M 


we're just looking at whether it was violated or not, 


14 


pleading. 


15 


that's one thing. If it's — 


IS 


I think that dr. Courtneg knows now prettg much 


IS 


But we're not there and theg're entitled to 


16 


what it is be wants, so he can get that to gou prettg 


17 


prepare their defense. 


17 


qulcklg In writing. 


18 


Its. THOflPSON: Ho, I understand that. But just 


18 


tlR. COURIHEY: That's correct. 


19 


in terns or the logistics or that, I want to take sure that 


19 


CHAIRPERSON ROECA: And a copg can be sent to the 


20 


we're on the sane page ror the tlalng. And that is, before 


20 


Commission so that we are aware of what is being requested. 


21 


I would respond to his request ror mrornatlon, I would 


21 


And then gou can respond to that, and — 


22 


need to know the Coulsslon's response. Because if the 


22 


IIS. THOtlPSOH: I can respond to It once I have 


23 


Couission told ie all these things — "We're doing a 


23 


the Coulsslon's ruling. That's the problem. 


24 


full-blown hearing' then that gives hit a better arguient 


24 


CHAIRPERSON ROECA: Wei 1 — 


25 


for Its relevance; whereas, if it's not, then I'n not going 


25 


ItS. THOtlPSOH: Because, see - I mean, that Is 




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REHALD BACIGALUPI APRIL 13, 


2066 


1 


one of tin tilings ID the case Iw toat I argued In u 


1 


what we're looking for. 


2 


brief, that issues of other penalties generalli are not 


2 


RS. TBOflPSOK: Right. But if too rind that he 


3 


relevant when a last chance agreement Is applicable. So if 


3 


has voluntarllg entered into this agreement, that he chose 


4 


the Coulsslon sags, 'All right, we think this is the scope 


4 


to do this, that he opted to do It because for whatever 


S 


of things,' that's going to afreet if response. 


S 


reason be felt his emplogment was in Jeopardg and be chose 


6 


chairperson ROECfl: And 1 understand vbat gou're 


6 


to enter into this agreement, then the issue or how other 


7 


saging. Bat there's a certain side or it Is that 


7 


people are treated, what theg are offered, what theg're not 


8 


ttr. Courtneg is saging somehow this tight underline the 


8 


orrered, that's - 


9 


ablllti of the department to enforce a last chance 


9 


CHAIRPERSON ROECA: I understand gour argument. 


II 


agreement under the clrcutstances of this case. 


10 


IIS. THOMPSON: That's not - 


11 


Is that correct, tlr. Courtneg? 


11 


nR. COURTHEY: We disagree entlrelg. 


12 


I1R. COURTNEY: That's correct. 


12 


CHAIRPERSON ROECA: But I understand her 


13 


CHAIRPERSON ROECA: Otag. So that's onlg - 


13 


argument. And It's her argument, so — 


M 


there's a little bit of vagueness in there. 


14 


And gou've stated gours, I think, so far. 


IS 


Its. THOMPSON: Well, real Ig. there's a 


15 


ItR. COURTHEY: And I don't want to bide the ball 


16 


prellnlnarg Issue. 


16 


here because there's several issues we're going to raise 


17 


There are two different things. One is the — 


17 


with respect to the agreement. 


18 


the issue that theg're first raising has to do with does 


18 


I think the argument that Is made bg the union is 


19 


this violate in soie wag ntfB. This has to do with the 


19 


a verg sound one. The case we cited in our brier, the 


20 


voluntariness issue. And that issue can be addressed, I 


20 


Modesto case, we're verg ranlllar with It — it was our 


21 


think, first and falrlg easllg without digging into 


21 


office that handled that case — we have been litigating 


22 


people's records. I lean, that is real l g the issue. 


22 


HHBA issues for 20 gears. And to expand the pollcg — if 


23 


CHAIRPERSON ROECA: Yeah, one thing Is for sure. 


23 


that's what happened, If that's what the evidence shows is 


24 


We're not going to be disclosing Identities of individuals 


24 


the department in this case adopted a new pollcg where theg 


25 


just so — for prior dlscipllnarg purposes. That's not 


25 


decided for the first tine that we are going to applg last 




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chance agreements now to ofr-dutg drinking incidents, then 


1 


CHAIRPERSON ROECA: — because of the vagueness 


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I think we have a verg strong case on that Issue. But 


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or the tern. 


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let's put that issue aside. 


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MR. COURTHEY: Absolutelg. 


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The agreeient itself, it states — and I think 


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CHAIRPERSON ROECA: I understand that. But let's 


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it's vague and ambiguous, specif leal Ig, given what I've 


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just - 


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beard froi our toxlcologist. If we take a look — I'i 


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A different issue is whether the agreement is a 


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going to read froi paragraph C In tens of the randoi 


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viable agreement. And now magbe gou come in here and gou 


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on-dotg test. 


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sag, •well, we didn't breach the agreement.' 


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It sags, •Bacioaiupi agrees that he shall be 


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MR. COURTNEY: That's right. 


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subject to randoi on-dutg alcohol testing. Be agrees that 


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CHAIRPERSON ROECA: And that might be subject to 


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a .04 alcohol concentration standard shall be used In such 


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testlmong. I read the brier, and gou're going to have that 


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tests and that test results of .04 percent or higher shall 


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sort or testlmong. The urinalgsls does not — is not as 


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constitute grounds for termination under this agreement.' 


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accurate, for example, as the blood and the breath. 


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There's no reference to urine test, blood test, 


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MS. THOMPSON: You know, one person we haven't 


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alcohol — what kind of alcohol test. And the fair reading 


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heard — I haven't heard then sag theg're going to bring is 


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of it Is he's not supposed to come to work under the 


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his attomeg from the last case, because ig understanding 


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influence or alcohol with an accurate testing of blood 


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is the attomeg initiated this agreement. And I think 


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alcohol at .04. And that's not what this sags, and that's 


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we're going wag down a track that is so far afield froi 


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not what the evidence the department is going to present 


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where we need to be. So, gou know, I'd be verg interested 


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will show. 


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ir theg were going to subpoena his attomeg and have blm 


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There are other problems — 


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come. Because I think if be came and he testified, he 


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CHAIRPERSON ROECA: What gou're saging Is gou're 


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would tell the Coulsslon that he initiated and negotiated 


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saging gou're going to give evidence that shows he did not 


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those terms on behalf of the firefighter. 


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violate the terms or this agreement — 


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MR. COURTNEY: There nag have been some 


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MR. COURTHEY: That's correct. 


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negotiations over this term, but there never was an offer 


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REXALD BACIGALUPI APRIL 13. 


MgMM 

cvvv 


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of autliing that ioa have to sloo an agreement lite tills or 


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And that all is going to be resolved berore we have the 


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gou're going to be fired. 


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hearing. 


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Its. THOMPSON: He could have gone to a foil 


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So whs don't we start with the hearing date. He 


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hearing before the Coulsslon. That vas the option. 


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have the Has 8th date, and we'll determine the evident lars 


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chairperson ROECA: I vas not present at that 


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dates between the bearing and that time. 


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particular — 


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Its. THOMPSON: I'm sorrs, but I don't think we 


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tiR. courtmey: Veil, we'll have - 


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set a dag for his replj. Yon said there was going to be a 


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CHAIRPERSON ROECA: - hearing. And so I'l kind 


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replg brier. 


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of neutral here. I wasn't there, so — 


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CHAIRPERSON ROECA: How nans dags do sou need, 


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RS. THOMPSON: Right. But let ie just lake 


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Mr. Courtnes? 


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clear. For everj — 


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MR. COURTNEY: I would expect 10 dags. 


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A last chance agreement bg definition leans an 


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CHAIRPERSON ROECA: Okas. Because sou' ve fulls 


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empl ogee's emplogment is In Jeopard}. And if the sole — 


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briefed It, and sou know the law after 20 sears. More than 


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ir the priiarg basis of their argument Is, •Well, gee, his 


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20 sears. 


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emplogment was in jeopards,' of course, then there's 


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ItS. THOMPSON: So that puts us on the 18th? 


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nothing wrong with that. That's bow these agreements cote 


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SECRETARY BAUER: Eighteen. 


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to be, so — 


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MR. COURTNEY: Mg problem Is our expert. 


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CHAIRPERSON ROECA: I understand the department's 


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Mr. Mark, Is on vacation in June. So the beginning or Juls 


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position. 


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would be the best time for the hearing. 


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IIS. THOMPSON: Okas. 


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CHAIRPERSON ROECA: Does that — 


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CHAIRPERSON ROECA: And the position lakes sense. 


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MS. THOMPSON: I cannot do Jul g. I have three 


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The firefighter has soie positions that lake sense. And 


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dags in — I have one dag in August that I can do this. 


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what I want to do, since there are going to be lots of 


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And I'm vide open in September. 


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witnesses, set the dates. I'l going to get jour brier. 


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CHAIRPERSON ROECA: We don't want to push It that 


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We're going to find out what the discovers Is going to be. 


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rar back, do we? Is this — 




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Its. THOMPSON: That's - It would not be is 


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deadline or getting this done bg June. But that being the 


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preference, but I do not have a date in Juls that I can do 


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case, then I would appreciate a little additional time to 


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this. 


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do mg brier since I was trglng to do It under a vers strict 


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CHAIRPERSON ROECA: How about August? 


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deadline to get us going bg June. But since it's not going 


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Its. THOMPSON: I can do It on August 10th. 


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to be bg June — 


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SECRETARY BAUER: We have a Coulsslon teetlng 


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CHAIRPERSON ROECA: I'm available In June. 


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August 10th. 


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Its. THOMPSON: There is — I have time In June. 


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ItS. THOMPSON: And I can do It the 9th. 


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MR. COURTNEY: Our toxlcologlst Is not. 


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MR. COURTNEY: We could do It the 9th. And I'l 


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CHAIRPERSON ROECA: At all during the month or 


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vers confident we'll be complete In one dag. 


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June? 


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CHAIRPERSON ROECA: You can do It August 9th? 


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MR. COURTNEY: He's gone for the whole month. 


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MR. COURTNEY: Yes. 


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He's the one person I wanted to check with. 


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CHAIRPERSON ROECA: You can do It August 9th? 


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And John Hanleg, the president or the union, is 


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MS. THOMPSON: With the caveat that I do want to 


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gone for two weeks, too, in June. 


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check with the witnesses, that theg are not going to be 


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CHAIRPERSON ROECA: All right. 


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gone for ans reason. 


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MS. THOMPSON: As I said, I am available In June, 


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CHAIRPERSON ROECA: Okas. We'll then book both 


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but - 


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the August 9th and August 10th dates. 


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ir angthlng changes, I hope he'll let us know. 


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ItS. THOMPSON: Thank sou. 


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That being the case, then I would ask to reset 


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And with that - 


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the briefing schedule a little bit differentia- I would 


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CHAIRPERSON ROECA: And then - 


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ask for an additional week, to the 15th or Mas, to get ms 


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ItS. THOMPSON: - in mind - I'm sorrs, 


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brier in since we're not operating under such a strict 


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Commissioner. 


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deadline now. 


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Since It Is going to be a little wags out — I 


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CHAIRPERSON ROECA: Not a problem. 


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thought that we were going to be operating under our 


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No objection with that? 




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Ml. COURTNEY: No. Ho objection. 


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MR. PARETCHAN: Mag I ask a question, 


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US. THOMPSON: And then 10 dags froi there jours 


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Coulss loner? 


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Hill be doe. 


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CHAIRPERSON ROECA: Yes. 


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DR. COURTNEY: Fine. 


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MR. PARETCHAN: Are gou taking ang couents on 


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IIS. THOMPSON: Okag. 


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behair or the gentleian that's on charges? 


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CHAIRPERSON ROECA: Yours 10 dags after. That 


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CHAIRPERSON ROECA: At this tlie, no, we're not. 


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would be the tventg — 


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we're resetting the hearing for another dag. But gou're 


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SECRETARY BAUER: Fifth. 


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free to lake a couent. 


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CHAIRPERSON ROECA: Firth. 


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PUBLIC SPEAKER 


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And what I would like also in gour replg, 


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MR. PARETCHAN: I'i Coulssloner Paretchan. i'i 


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tlr. Courtneg, to the extent gou think there's ang evidence 


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the president or the health board. I'i also a foner 


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that gou need to put forward that gou don't have, I want 


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■eiber or the fire depart lent. 


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that identified in gour replg. 


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CHAIRPERSON ROECA: Could gou state gour naie? 


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MR. COURTNEY: Absolutely. 


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tlR. PARETCHAN: Yes. Harrg Paretchan. 


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CHAIRPERSON ROECA: Angtblng else? 


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CHAIRPERSON ROECA: Okag. Great. Thank gou. 


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MR. COURTNEY: Thank gou verg tuch, Coulss loner. 


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Could gou spell it for the Court Reporter? 


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MS. THOMPSON: Thank gou, Coulss loner. 


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MR. PARETCHAN: P, as In Paul, -a-r-e-t-c-b-a-n. 


IS 


CHAIRPERSON ROECA: Ang further pub 1 lc couent? 


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First naie Harrg. 


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in. DARMANIN: Mill these be done when the Giants 


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I Just heard about this, and I wanted to step In 


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are plagloo? For parking. 


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and speak on behair or FlreMgbter Bacigalupi. He worked 


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SECRETARY BAUER: Off the record. 


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with le ror a nuiber or gears at 28 Engine when I was 


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CHAIRPERSON ROECA: Off the record. 


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eiploged with the fire department as an officer there. And 


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(Discussion off the record.) 


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I'd just like to sag that in ig opinion he had verg, verg 


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CHAIRPERSON ROECA: Hearing no further public 


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high character. He was a verg aggressive rireian. I verg 


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couent, this aeetlng Is adjourned. 


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seldoi ever had to tell hii to do angthlng at all. If 1 




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told hii once, I never had to tell hli again. He was an 


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MR. DARMANIN: Yeah. I just wanted to lake a 


2 


excellent leiber of the f (rehouse. I was sorrg to see hli 


2 


quick couent and just acknowledge the iang people that 


3 


leave to go elsewhere. He wasn't a penanent leiber. But 


3 


cue here todag to view the proceedings. And I think it's 


4 


I just want to put this in the record on his behalf that I 


4 


just a sign of support of, hopeful ig, the sgstei working, 


5 


think he's a person of fine character. He was a good 


5 


as well as Firefighter Bacigalupi. And I Just wanted to 


6 


active firefighter, a verg dedicated person and an asset, I 


6 


acknowledge ever gone that showed up todag. 


7 


think, to this department. I think it would be ludicrous 


7 


Thank gou. 


8 


If angthlng ever happened to the point that he would be 


8 


chairperson ROECA: Hearing no further public 


9 


dismissed froi this job. 


9 


couent, the leetlng Is adjourned. 


10 


I speak to gou also as a rellow coulss loner. 


10 


— oOo — 


11 


CHAIRPERSON ROECA: I appreciate that. And I 


11 


The hearing adjourned at 4:42 p.i. 


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hope sou can see that we take this verg senouslg. 


12 


— oOo — 


13 


MR. PARETCHAN: Thank gou. I hope so, too. 


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Thank gou. 


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CHAIRPERSON ROECA: Ang further couent? I see 


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one other hand. 


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MR. CHAPMAN: tig naie Is John Chapian. I'i 


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having a hard tlie hearing what's going on. Itagbe we can 


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use the ilcrophones next tlie? 


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CHAIRPERSON ROECA: Okag. Usual Ig I have a 


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booting voice, and people can hear le, but I guess we got 


21 




22 


focused on the folks in front, so I apologize. So if 


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angbodg else didn't hear everything that was said, I 


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apologize for that, too. 


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tlr. Darianin. 


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CERIIFICATIOK 
I, JO DILLIKGHW1 BREWER, CSR Ko. 9707, <0 
hereby certif j that the bearina between SAK FRAHCISCO FIRE 
DEPARTnEKT and FIREFIGHTER REHALO BACIGALUPI was taken by 
■e, a Certified Shorthand Reporter, on April 13, 2000 at 
the tlte and place therein stated; 

That the test lion j was thereafter reduced to a 
transcript In typewritten fori with the aid or a coiputer 
translation ssstei; and that the foregoing is a coiplete 
and true record of said proceedings. 

I further certify that I ai not or counsel or 
attorney for either or any or the parties or the said 
proceedings nor in any way interested in the outcoie or 
this proceeding, and that I ai not related to any or the 
parties thereto. 

Dated: April 21, 2000 



JO DILLINGHAM BREWER, CSR Ho. 9707 



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FIRE COMMISSION 

City and County of San Francisco 



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Hadley Roff, President 
Stephen Nakajo, Vice President 
Pat Norman, Commissioner 
Russel Roeca, Commissioner 
Ted Soulis, Commissioner 




698 Second Street 
San Francisco CA 94107 
Telephone 415.558.3451 

Fax 415.558.3413 
Tania Bauer, Secretary 



No. 00-09 



JVIINUTES OF THE FIRE COMMISSION 

Regular Meeting - Thursday -April 13, 2000 - 6:00 p.m. 

698 Second Streef, Room 102 



Item 
No. 

1. ON ROLL CALL, the following were noted present: 

President Hadley Roff 
Vice President Stephen A. Nakajo 
Commissioner Russell S. Roeca 
Commissioner Ted N. Soulis 

Commissioner Pat Norman was excused for business reasons. 



DOCUMENTS DEPT. 

APR 2 4 2000 

SAN FRANCISCO 
PUBLIC LIBRARY 



Robert L. Demmons 
Paul J. Tabacco 
Joseph C. Asaro 



Chief of Department 
Deputy Chief, Operations 
Deputy Chief, Administration 

Assistant Deputy Chiefs - Staff : 



Lorrie A. Kalos 
Ray Balzarini 
Daniel A. Sullivan 
Gary P. Massetani 

Chief Officers - Staff: 



Management Services 
Division of Airports 
Support Services 
Fire Prevention 



Richard C. Shortall 
Russell McCallion 



Emergency Medical Services 
Emergency Medical Services 

Chief Officers - Firefiqhtinq Services : 



Robert G. Boudoures 
Joseph J. Mazeau 
Arthur W. Kenney 



Division 1 (Acting) 
Division 2 (Acting) 
Division 3 



2. APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES 

Regular Meeting of March 23, 2000. 

Commissioner Roeca moved and Vice President Nakajo seconded. There were no 
questions or discussion and the minutes were approved as presented. 



Fire Commission Minutes 

April 13, 2000 Regular Meeting 

Page 2 of 10 



3. CONSENT CALENDAR 



All matters listed hereunder (Items A through F) constitute a Consent Calendar, were 
considered to be routine by the Fire Commission, and were acted upon by a single roll-call 
vote of the Commission. 



A. Monthly Reports 

Division of Training 

Submitting monthly report from Division of Training concerning activities performed during 
March 2000. 

Physician's Report 

Submitting biweekly report of Fire Department Physician concerning disability injuries, 
March 4 through March 17, 2000. 

B. Appointments 

Reporting the following PERMANENT EXEMPT appointment effective APRIL 1, 2000: 
H51 Assistant Deputy Chief II 
Frank Cercos 

Reporting the following PERMANENT EXEMPT appointment effective MARCH 20, 2000: 
H51 Assistant Deputy Chief II 
Daniel A. Sullivan 

Reporting the following TEMPORARY EXEMPT appointment effective MARCH 13, 2000: 
0150 Deputy Chief, Administration 
Joseph C. Asaro 

Reporting the following TEMPORARY EXEMPT appointment effective MARCH 13, 2000: 
0150 Deputy Chief, Operations 
Paul J. Tabacco 

Reporting the following PERMANENT appointments effective FEBRUARY 23, 2000: 

H20 Lieutenant 

James Cunnane 
John Beckerley 
Victor Wyrsch 

Reporting the following PERMANENT appointments effective MARCH 27, 2000: 

H20 Lieutenant 

Louis Bacciocco 
James Blake 
Kenneth R. Jones 



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April 13, 2000 Regular Meeting 

Page 3 of 10 

Reporting the following PROBATIONARY appointment effective DECEMBER 17, 1999: 
1654 Principal Accountant 

Enrico DeLara (vice: New Position, FY 1999-2000) 

Reporting the following PROVISIONAL appointment effective MARCH 13, 2000: 
1426 Senior Clerk Typist 

Angelina Young (vice: Mercedes Weatherford, resigned) 

Reporting the following PERMANENT appointments effective MARCH 7, 2000: 

1220 Payroll Clerk 

Carolyn Champagne 
Belinda Chin 

Reporting the following PERMANENT appointments effective AUGUST 9, 1999: 

1934 Storekeeper 

Rafael Ramos Jose Saul 

Steven Jaques George Watkins 

Juan Gutierrez Denise Zwicker 

Reporting the following PERMANENT appointments effective AUGUST 23, 1999: 
1023 IS Administrator 
Gregory Holmes 

Reporting the following PERMANENT appointments effective AUGUST 25, 1999: 

1452 Executive Secretary II 

Virginia O'Shaughnessy 
Mary O'Riordan 

Temporary Appointments 

Reporting having made 243 temporary appointments March 4 through March 17, 2000. 

C. Retirements 

Communications received from Retirement Board indicating the following members have retired: 
Name Rank Type of Retirement Retirement Date 

Dunn, Gerald R. H2 Firefighter Service Mar. 10, 2000 

Glynn, Walter E. H2 Firefighter Service Mar. 13, 2000 

(Retirement Certificates will be presented at Fire Commission meeting of June 22, 2000) 



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Fire Commission Minutes 

April 13, 2000 Regular Meeting 

Page 4 of 10 

D. Military Leaves 

Submitting for approval applications from two members for Military Leaves of Absence with 
pay, in order to comply with Military Orders received from their commanding officers: 





Rank 


Dates 


Days 


Military Organization 


Purpose 


Donnelly, Mark S. 
CMSGT 


H30 
CAPT 


03-22-00 

thru 
03-24-00 


3 


US Air Force Res. 
Travis AFB, CA 


Attend Active 
Duty Training 


Meneses, Ferdinand 
Sgt. E-5 


H2 
FF 


03-04-00 
03-05-00 


2 


US Army Res. 
Oakland, CA 


Attend Inactive 
Duty Training 


E. Accidents 













Submitting reports and recommendations of the Accident Review Committee regarding the 
following accidents: 

Apparatus Accident Number Date Serial Number Category Recommendation 



11-24-99 



510 



Toy Program 99-0-167 

Driver: FF Louis Ramirez 
Cause: Misjudged clearance 

Toy Program truck struck civilian vehicle while travelling through intersection. 



File 



Apparatus 



Accident Number 



Date 



Serial Number 



Category 



Recommendation 



Truck 6 



99-0-168 



02-05-00 



676 



File 



Officer: Lt. Rex Hale; Driver FF Richard Brown; Tiller: FF William Davis 
Cause: Misjudged clearance 

Truck 6, while returning from an incident and making right turn, struck parked civilian 

vehicle. 



Apparatus 



Accident Number 



Date 



Serial Number Category Recommendation 



Medic 43 



99-0-169 



02-05-00 



736 



File 



Driver: FF/PM Peter Li 
Cause: Misjudged clearance 

While backing into bay of B.O.E., Medic 43 struck apparatus door; no spotters posted. 



Apparatus 



Accident Number 



Date 



Serial Number Category ' Recommendation 



99-0-170 



02-07-00 



510 



Engine 6 

Officer: Lt. Reid Sheridan; Driver: FF David Tracey 
Cause: Misjudged clearance 

Engine 6, while repositioning at an incident, backed into SFPD patrol car. 



File 



Apparatus 



Accident Number 



Date 



Serial Number 



Category Recommendation 



Ambulance 38 99-0-171 



02-09-00 



711 



File 



Driver: FF David Brown 
Cause: Misjudged clearance 

After refueling, Ambulance 38 struck fire hydrant while making a sharp right turn. 



Apparatus 



Accident Number 



Date 



Serial Number 



Category Recommendation 



Engine 2 99-0-172 02-09-00 529 

Officer: T/Lt. Peter Gallagher; Driver: FF John Hernandez 



File 



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April 13, 2000 Regular Meeting 

Page 5 of 10 

Cause: Misjudged clearance 

While returning from an incident, Engine 2 struck the mirror of a parked civilian vehicle. 

Apparatus Accident Number Date Serial Number Category Recommendation 

Medic 12 99-0-173 02-10-00 704 B File" 

Driver: Fire Rescue Paramedic Lynne Benson-Colbert 
Cause: Hit and run 

While parked at a medical incident and administering treatment, Medic12 was struck by 

civilian vehicle which did not stop. 

Apparatus Accident Number Date Serial Number Category Recommendation 

Engine 2 99-0-174 02-13-00 529 A File 

Officer: T/Lt. Michael Cunnie; Driver: FF Michael Kneis 
Cause: Misjudged clearance 

While returning from an incident and turning right, Engine 2 clipped the front bumper of a 

parked civilian vehicle. 

Apparatus Accident Number Date Serial Number Category Recommendation 

Truck 1 99-0-175 02-14-00 624 A File 

Officer: T/Capt. Bernne Wangara; Driver: FF George Creedon; Tiller: FF Patrick Martinez 
Cause: Misjudged clearance 

While responding with red lights and siren, Truck 1 lightly struck civilian vehicle 

attempting to yield right of way. 

Category A - An accident which has occurred because of inattention to vehicle operator's and/or officer's 
responsibilities or because of misjudgment of clearance in operating apparatus near stationary objects. 

Category B - An accident in which fire department personnel exercised reasonable judgment and precautions, 
exhibited good apparatus operator's and officer's skills and observed all state, local and fire department 
statutes, ordinances and rules. 

Category C - An accident which has occurred because of apparatus operator's misjudgment of clearance, 
deficiency in defensive driving techniques, or failure to anticipate other vehicle's movements. 

F. Unlitigated Claims 

Submitting report from City Attorney's Office on unlitigated claims for February 2000: 

Name of Claimant Claim Amount Filed/Paid Accident Number/CategoryAJnit Date of Accident 

Thomas Passantino $1,400.00/2,324.10 . 98-9-028 (C) Eng41 08-12-98 

MohamedAli 2,915.61/2,915.61 99-0-105 (C) Trk9 11-18-99 

Donald Greggs 3,138.22/2,519.91 99-0-121 (A) Medic 28 12-09-99 

Pamela Thornton 253.50/ 253.50 property damage 07-01-99 

Irmgard Wassermann 1,947.00/1,947.00 property damage 09-24-99 

Commissioner Roeca moved and Vice President Nakajo seconded. There were no 
questions or discussion and Items A through F on the Consent Calendar were approved or 
ordered filed as appropriate. 



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Fire Commission Minutes 

April 13, 2000 Regular Meeting 

Page 6 of 10 

4. REGULAR CALENDAR -NEW BUSINESS 

A. Letters of Commendation 

Submitted seven letters commending members of the Department for response to requests 
for assistance, emergencies, or training. 

President Roff directed that these letters be acknowledged and incorporated in the minutres 
of today's meeting. 

B. Chief of Department's Monthly Report 

Submitting monthly report from Chief of Department on monthly status of department 
personnel, equipment and apparatus for March 2000. 

(Note : Report will be submitted at a later date) 

C. Leave of Absence 

Submitting request for leave of absence with pay from Chief of Department Robert L. 
Demmons, for seven days, March 31 through April 6, 2000, in order to attend the 2000 
Metropolitan Fire Chiefs' Conference in Miami, Florida. The source of funds for this trip is 
provided for in the 1 999-2000 approved budget. 

Commissioner Roeca moved and Vice President Nakajo seconded. There were no 
questions or discussion and the request for leave of absence with pay was approved. 

D. Meritorious Awards 

Submitting for approval recommendations of Merit Advisory Board and Chief of Department 
for meritorious actions performed by Officers and Members of the Department, from July 
1999 through February 2000: 



Recipient 


Rank/Company 


Date 


Award 


Uniformed Members 










Kevin Chocker 


T/Res Capt. 


RC1 


07-28-99 


Ltr. of Com. 


Darren J. Bortmas 


Fire Res PM 


Medic 1 


10-27-99 


Unit Citation 


Norman K. Caba 


Fire Res PM 


Medic 1 


10-27-99 


Unit Citation 


Andrew Thomas 


Paramedic 


Medic 15 


12-19-99 


Ltr. of Com. 


John Grimaldi 


Paramedic 


Medic 18 


02-14-00 


Class "C" 



Vice President Nakajo moved and Commissioner Soulis seconded. 

President Roff commended the members of the department for their valor and noted that the 
deeds were impressive and in keeping with the heroic traditions of the Fire Department. 

John Darmanin wished to know if the documents that the Fire Commission had reviewed 
regarding the awards were available for public review and, also, when the awards ceremony 
would be held. The Commission Secretary responded that they were public documents, and 
that the ceremony would be scheduled as soon as the plaques can be engraved. 

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Mr. Darmanin further inquired about the awards, namely, letters of commendation, since no 
ceremonies were usually scheduled for these. The Secretary responded that it was the unit 
citation (plaque) that was awarded at Commission meetings. Mr. Darmanin wondered about 
letters of commendation and if they were mailed. The Secretary confirmed this. Mr. 
Darmanin stated that he had never received his letter of commendation and asked if the 
Secretary could determine what happened to it. 

There were no questions or discussion and the meritorious awards were approved on 
recommendation of Merit Advisory Board and Chief of Department. 

E. Impact of Fire Prevention and Education Campaign on SRO (Single room occupancy) 
Hotels 

Gary Massetani, Fire Marshall and Assistant Deputy Chief, explained that the program came 
about after numerous fires were dramatically reducing much needed residential rooms in 
downtown hotels. At that time, the Mayor had requested certain departments to develop a 
program to minimize this fire loss. The SRO program, which provides public education 
workshops for residents of hotels, was initiated by the Fire Department targeting 50 hotels, 
and is currently available at 85 hotels. Assistant Deputy Chief Massetani stated that this 
effort would not have been possible without the partnership of the Mission Collaborative who 
did door-to-door recruiting, created the campaign and got the residents to the meetings. To 
date, 28 workshops were offered and over 900 residents attended, and there has not been a 
single fire. Assistant Deputy Chief Massetani thanked the Fire department, the Mayor's 
Office and Carl Hedleston, City Administrator's Office, for their support. He acknowledged 
and introduced Bill Sorro, Mission Collaborative, who was instrumental in the success of the 
program. 

Mr. Sorro stated that he has been a SRO advocate for a long time and has worked with 
SRO tenants but he acknowledged that this is the first viable fire prevention and education 
program that he has seen in San Francisco. Mr. Sorro pointed out that it took a little time to 
develop a true partnership but that now they operate as a great team. He commended 
Assistant Deputy Chief Massetani, and, especially Inspectors Chin and Stranahan for 
presenting fire prevention material to tenants without talking down to them. Mr. Soro stated 
that this helps build trust and assists community based organizations to build partnerships 
with the City. 

In addition, Mr. Soro noted, that the program has brought the Fire Department into the 
community and has forced the City to view SRO hotels and the people who live in them, 
retired seamen, truck drivers, city workers, in a different light. He added that the model that 
was started in the Mission District is being replicated in the Tenderloin, and successful 
workshops have started in the South of Market. Mr. Soro urged that the SRO program be 
replicated in Chinatown, where it is most urgently needed. He hoped to obtain a letter of 
recommendation from the Commission, which would enable the Fire Department to continue 
this highly successful program. 

Matt Brown, St. Peter's Housing Committee and Mission Collaborative, reiterated Mr. 
Sorro's commendations. He was pleased with continuing level of cooperation between the 
Fire Department and his organization and hopeful of the success of the new alliances forged 
with the Departments of Human Services, Public Health and Building Inspection. Mr. Brown 
noted that this particular collaboration could be used as a model for community based 
organizations participating with enforcement agencies from the City. He thanked the Fire 
Department for this kind of successful community outreach to a marginalized population and 
the impact it has had on the way people view their neighbors and their own living situation. 

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Mr. Brown thanked the department and hoped that the Commission could provide a letter of 
support to his organization in the future. 

Carl Hedleston, City Administrator's Office, wished to acknowledge the cooperation and 
encouragement that Chief Demmons had given this project. By providing fire and safety 
information to this particular population, many other ties were forged. The Fire Departments' 
outreach has provided some stability and a sense of community to many occupants of SRO 
hotels. Mr. Hedleston thanked Assistant Deputy Chief Massetani for his cooperation and 
willingness to carry out the program. 

Matt Brown responded to Commissioner Soulis' question regarding the 28-day stay in hotel 
rooms. He noted that during the time a Fire Inspector is giving a presentation, the tenants' 
focus is on talking to neighbors, learning who is in the same hall and finding out who will do 
. what in an emergency; this forges relationships that lead these people into thinking of their 
hotel room as a home and not just as a place where they are forced into transience every 21 
days. Tenant's rights are not discussed even though even though most tenants are unaware 
that they do not have to leave their hotel rooms after 21 days. Carl Hedleston added that 
since these dialogues have started, both Supervisors Ammiano and Newsom have shown 
concern for this population and their concerns are now starting to be addressed through the 
SRO Safety Stabilization Task Force. 

Commissioner Nakajo was heartened to see that his friend and community organizer Bill 
Soro has been able to forge a true collaboration encompassing the Fire Department, the 
Chief of Department, the City Administrator's Office and the Mayor's Office. Commissioner 
Nakajo was gratified to see a grass roots effort working so well and noted the need for the 
work to continue. 

President Roff added that he had witnessed the terrible fires two winters ago and was aware 
of great community concern. He was heartened to see that differences are being settled and 
a constructive program developed. 

Chief Demmons commended the men and women of the Bureau of Fire Prevention for their 
outstanding work and praised Assistant Deputy Chief Massetani for his ability to bring 
together all the concerned parties without tenants feeling threatened and constrained. 
Assistant Deputy Chief Massetani wished to acknowledge the members of the SRO program 
committee team: Captain Ernie Li, Inspector Kaan Chin, Inspector Pat Stranahan and Eva 
Atijera. 

F. Request for Supplemental Appropriation 

Fiscal 1999-2000 request for supplemental appropriation in the amount of $2,748,723. 
President Roff requested that this item be continued to the meeting of April 27, 2000. 

G. Communications Received by Commission 

Five communications were received by the Commission from March 17 through April 6, 
2000. 



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H. Public Comment 



John Darmanin inquired about public comment on agenda item 4.G. Communications 
Received by the Commission. The Secretary responded that this agenda item is strictly a list 
of communications received by the Commission, and its intent is to inform the public of what 
was received. There is neither discussion nor public comment on this item. 

Firefighter Jim Connors, Station 10, wished to acknowledge Carl Koon, Medical Leave 
Supervisor, and his contribution to the department. Mr. Connors referred to a letter by Mr. 
Koon regarding his upcoming retirement, which was distributed to field personnel. Mr. 
Connors stated that many firefighters will be sorry to see Mr. Koon retire, not. only the 
members of Station 10. He hoped that the Commission could prepare an appropriate 
commendation for Mr. Koon. 

Gerry Shannon, Treasurer, Local 798, referred to a tape that was prepared by the 
International Association of Fire Chiefs and the International Association of Firefighters, and 
recently delivered to the Commission. He explained that ten Fire Departments from large 
cities, such as New York, Phoenix and Seattle, were involved in its preparation. The intent of 
the tape is to standardize testing for entry level firefighters to ensure that they are capable to 
withstand the strenuous nature of the job over 30 years. He hoped that Commissioners 
would view the tape and encouraged feedback to Local 798. 

Dennis Kruger, Director, Local 798, wished to provide an update on the death-in-the-line- 
of-duty memorial plaques, a project undertaken by Local 798 to provide and mount plaques 
on various firehouses. Mr. Kruger noted that he had followed all procedures and hoped that 
the plaques could be shortly mounted on Station 1 , Station 2 and Station 7. He noted that 
Station 1 had the most fatalities with 19 in the line of duty over the years. Mr. Kruger 
believed that ten plaques per month could be mounted, a total of 35, including a plaque at 
the Airport, one at the Division of Training and one at Headquarters, for a Chief that had 
died responding to the 1906 earthquake. He hoped that this project could be completed by 
Fall. 

Firefighter John Darmanin, wished to also commend Carl Koon, Medical Leave 
Supervisor, for doing an outstanding job and always dealing fairly with everyone, even 
though it was a difficult task. 

Mr. Darmanin inquired about a communication he had sent to the Commission regarding a 
Fire Department website. He has been informed that the department and the Commission 
are both working on this task and will be compliant with Proposition G, which mandates that 
all City departments must have website on which agendas and minutes are posted. Mr. 
Darmanin added that since he is associated with a website called SFFD Watchdog, he 
receives many inquiries since visitors believe it to be the San Francisco Fire Department 
site. 

Mr. Darmanin also voiced his concern about a special meeting of the Commission last week 
that he believed was not noticed in time. President Roff stated that the matter had been 
noted and addressed. 

Robert L Demmons, Chief of Department, informed the Commissioners of the successful 
911 cutover and wished to take the opportunity to acknowledge the members of the 
Department for an outstanding job. He noted that many people in numerous roles were 
involved - from evaluating the system, to installing it, to training individuals to use it. Chief 
Demmons acknowledged Mike Martin, Project Manager, and Assistant Chief Frank Cercos 
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of the talent and knowledge exhibited by all those involved, which ensured a smooth and 
successful cutover. He especially commended T/Rescue Captain Glenn Ortiz-Schuldt and 
T/Captain David Franklin for their technical expertise. 

There being no further business to come before the Commission, the meeting was 
adjourned at 6:45 p.m. 



Tania Bauer 
Secretary 



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Gallacher,Callahan 
&Gartrell 



CHRISTOPHER C GALLAGHER 
MICHAEL R. CALLAHAN 
DONALD E. GARTRELL 
W. JOHN FUNK 
MICHAEL D. RUEDIC 
ANNEGSCHEER 
DENISJ.MALONEY 
DAVID A. GARFUNKEL 



DONALD J. PFUNDSTON 
ANDREW B.HLIS 
DONALD R. SAXON 
SUSAN RHOLLINGER 
ANDREA K. JOHNSTONE 
MICHAEL D. RAMSDELL 
DODD S. GRIFFITH 
DANIEL E.LYFORD 



TIMMIE MAINE MILLER 
ARIB. POLLACK 
SETH U SHORTUDGE 

ROBERT E.URBY 
1K1-19M 



Chief Robert Demons 

San Francisco Fire Department 

698 Second Street 

San Francisco, CA 94107 

Dear Chief Demons: 



17 March 2000 



On 4 March 2000 my father, while receiving physical therapy suffered a blood 
clot to the lung and resulting myocardial infarction. While the physical therapist applied 
cardio pulmonary resuscitation, my mother dialed 91 1 for emergency assistance. 
Response to that call came from Station 15/Engine 15 located at the corner of Phelan 
and Ocean Avenues. The team was led by Lt. Ron Lawin and included Firefighters 
Medrick Bullock, Derek Wing, Patrick Steele and Paramedics Rich Trezevent, James 
Ward and Rescue Captain Carl Hillyard 

The response time was remarkable. Even given the relative short distance from 
the firehouse to my parents residence on Granada Avenue, the speed of the rescue and 
paramedic personnel was astonishing. Although I was not present, my mother 
described the reaction time as "almost instantaneous". Upon arrival, the team members 
were well-organized, well-led, highly professional and extremely efficient They were 
able to restart my dad's heart and provide breathing assistance until transportation 
reached St. Luke's Hospital. Moreover, the team members were both thoughtful and 
compassionate towards my mother who, as you can well understand, was extremely 
upset. 

Unfortunately, my dad died. However, his death was certainly not the result of a 
lack of skill, professionalism and thoughtfulness of the responding crew. They were a . 
credit to the City and its wejl-regarded fire department. 

Respectfully, 




Donald R. Saxon 



cc: Station 15 

San Francisco Fire Department 
1000 Ocean Avenue 
San Francisco, CA 94112 






Mrs. Dorothy Saxon 

Gallagher, Callahan & Gartrell, P.A. 

214 North Main Street • P.O. Box 1415- Concord, New Hampshire 03302-1415 

Tel 603-228-1181 • 800-528-1181 • Fax 603-224-7588 • 603-226-3477 

www.gcglaw.com 







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United States Department of the Interior 

NATIONAL PARK SERVICE 

GOLDEN GATE NATIONAL RECREATION AREA 
UNITED STATES PARK POLICE FIELD OFFICE 
FORT MASON 
SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA 94123 



P8651(GOGA-USPP) 

February 28, 2000 

Chief Richard Shortall 

San Francisco Fire Department 

P.O. Box 29176 

San Francisco, CA 94129 

Dear Chief Shortall; 







Please allow me the opportunity to compliment the professional services of Captain Pete 
Howes, Captain Jim McCaffrey, and Paramedic Terry Hogue. These three individuals 
provided CPR and First Aid training for our 2000 annual law enforcement refresher in 
January of this year. With their assistance, the U.S. Park Police were able to maintain the 
required certifications necessary to perform their duties. I have received many 
compliments from my staff on the professionalism and quality of their instruction. 

On behalf of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area and the United States Park 
Police, please extend my sincere appreciation for the assistance Captain Howes, Captain 
McCaffrey and Paramedic Hogue provided to our officers. This year's refresher training 
would not have been successful without their assistance. 

Sincerely, 




'^cJL^ Lu ■ lAdzJkJu__^ 



Gretchen W. Merkle, Major 
Commander, San Francisco Field Office 



CITY 



COLLEGE 

Or SAN FIAKCISCO 



ADMINISTRATION OF JUSTICE & FIRE SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY 

50 PHELAN AVENUE • SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94 I 1 2 • FAX 415. 239.3919 
ADMINISTRATION OF JUSTICE • 415. 239. 3202 • FIRE SCIENCE • 4 1 5. 239. 3359 

March 26, 2000 



Chief of Department Robert Demmons 
San Francisco Fire Department 
698 2 nd Street 
San Francisco, Ca. 94107 

Dear Chief Demmons: 

This letter was originally sent late December of 1999, but evidently was never received by the 
department We are sending it again, as we consider it important to thank those who help the 
Administration of Justice and Fire Science Technology Department at City College of San 
Francisco. 

During the last several years, Engine Company 15 and Truck Company 15 at Station 15 have 
provided valuable assistance to us in our Fire Science program. They have allowed students 
from our courses to visit Station 1 5, and become acquainted with the operational areas of the 
firehouse. They have also provided apparatus orientations to those students in our Apparatus 
and Equipment class. 

We really appreciate the assistance of the personnel from Station 15. They are excellent role 
models for our students, and present a very professional image of the San Francisco Fire 
Department. We know how difficult it is to have visitors to a fire station, as well as provide 
apparatus to assist us in our classes. But the personnel of Station 15 have always been gracious 
in working with us when we ask them. 

Once again, thank you to the officers, firefighters, and paramedics of Station 15 for their 
continued support. 

Sincerely, 




Gt+jLv Jkt****^ 



Charles Hoenisch 
Department Chair 



BOARD OF TRUSTEES 

RODEL E. RODIS, PRESIDENT • JAMES HASKELL MAYO, II., VICE PRESIDENT • NATALIE BERG 

ROBERT E. BURTON • ANDREA D. SHORTER • ROBERT P. VARNI . LAWRENCE WONG 

DR. PHILIP R. DAY, JR., CHANCELLOR 



SFILSD 



March 4, 2000 

Chief Robert Demmons 

San Franciscx) Fire Department 

698-2nd Street 

San Franciscx), CA 94107 

Dear Chief Demmons: 

As part of our school's celebration of Career Day during Black History Month r Lt. Ed 
Campbell of the SFFD spoke to my sixth-grade class about what it is like to be a 
firefighter. He was, by far, one of the best prepared and most exciting guest speakers I 
have had visit my classroom. His description of a firefighter's typical day could only be 
topped by an actual visitto alire station. My students were totally engaged during his 
entire presentation. . 

I am enclosing witrilhlaletter the thank you notes- they wrote to him; as you can 
see, they had a wonderful time. I feel sure that he not only created respect for the job 
that firefighters do, but also -did some successful «ariy recruitmentl We thank you for 
allowing Lt. Campbell to visit us and hope that he will return next year. 

Smcerely, 




'Audrey Adatprs, 
Classroom Teacher 



an equal opportunity employer 
92 300 Rm. 9-93 



Starr King Elementary School 

1215 Carolina Street 
San Francisco, California 94107 



March 13, 2000 



Dear Chief Demmon, 

Room 1 14 was very impressed by Mr. Kaan Y. Chin's demeanor and 
ease with 20 very rambunctious kindergarteners. 

He came prepared with things that mde the students eyes and ears glow 
like lights on fire trucks. 

We would like to thank you and the Department for being involved with 
our theme of the month "Community Helpers". 



YouKvery truly, 
Ms. Lonnie Brown 



& Students of Room 1 14 




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United States Department of the Interior 

NATIONAL PARK SERVICE 

Golden Gate National Recreation Area 

Fort Mason, San Francisco, California 94123 



IN REPLY REFER TO: 



A34 (GOGA-VRPFD) 

MAR 2 G 2000 



Chief, Robert L. Demmons 
San Francisco Fire Department 
698 2 nd Street 
San Francisco, CA 94107-2015 

Re: Neighborhood Emergency Response Training (NERT) 

Dear Mr. Demmons: 

I wish to thank you and your department for recently offering a Neighborhood 
Emergency Response Training (NERT) training class on the Presidio in San Francisco. 
As the Emergency Services Coordinator for this National Park site it is my responsibility 
to prepare our community for the inevitable natural disaster. As a result of working with 
Patti Yuen, your NERT Coordinator we have successfully graduated 51 additional NERT 
trained community members. 

Your entire staff, Patti Yuen, Tom Murray, Ann Tarn, Christine Williams, Ed Chu, Rick 
Yee, David Amituanai were very professional in delivering this critical information. I 
received nothing but positive feedback from all of the attendees. Battalion 4 Chief 
Tony Simi felt it important enough to come by and hand out diplomas even after 
suppressing a fire on the Embarcadero minutes earlier. 

I thank you and your professional staff for providing this information to our community 
members and allowing us to be better prepared in a natural disaster. 

Sincerely, 



£*0r 



/^^^<7 



Tim Phipps 

Chief, NPS, Presidio Fire Department 



Catherine SpenSley 415-668-6238-cathY@spensley.com A 

I — , — _♦% 



58 1 8th Avenue. San Francisco. CA, 94118 * 



March 27, 2000 

Chief Robert L. Demmons 

San Francisco Fire Department 

698 2nd Street 

San Francisco, CA 94107-2015 

RE: NERT Training Courses 

Dear Chief Demmons, 

I recently completed the NERT training course conducted by the 
S.F. Fire Department, and I wish to express my complete 
enthusiasm for this worthwhile program. 

I urge you, as the Fire Chief in charge of a city facing the 
threat of a catastrophic earthquake, to support this program in 
any way that you can, so that the citizens will know how to help 
the fire department and help themselves during a disaster. 



Sincerely, 




S>eA/vs(x^ 



Catherine Spensley 



FIRE COMMISSION 

City and County of San Francisco 



Hadley Roff, President 
Stephen Nakajo, Vice President 
Pat Norman, Commissioner 
'_.' 'Russell Roeca, Commissioner 
. Ted Soulis, Commissioner 




698 Second Street 

San Francisco CA 94107 

Telephone 415.558.3451 

Fax 415.558.3413 

Tania Bauer, Secretary 



MINUTES OF THE FIRE COMMISSION 

Special Meeting, Wednesday, April 12, 2000 - 9:00 a.m. 

698 Second Street, Room 102, San Francisco, CA 94107 



Item 






No 






1. On ROLL CALL, 


the 


following were present 


President 




Hadley R. Roff 


Vice President 




Stephen A. Nakajo 


Commissioner 




Russell S. Roeca 


Commissioner 




Ted N. Soulis 


Commissioner 




Pat Norman 



DOCUMENTS DEPT. 

JUN 1 9 2000 

SAN FRANCISCO 
PUBLIC LIBRARY 

2. PUBLIC COMMENT 

There was no public comment. 

3. FORMAL HEARING AND POSSIBLE COMMISSION DELIBERATIONS ON A FORMAL 
COMPLAINT FILED BY CHIEF OF DEPARTMENT AGAINST AUDRY LEE (Continued 
from Meetings of 12/16/99, 1/13/00 and 3/21/00) 

Formal Hearing concerning formal complaint filed by Robert L. Demmons, Chief of 
Department, on November 9, 1999, against Battalion Chief Audrey Lee for violation of the 
Rules and Regulations as follows: 

Section 3905 Unfamiliarity with Rules 

Section 3921 Inaptitude for Duty/Incompetence 

Section 3922 Acts Detrimentalto Welfare of Department 

Section 3923 Disobedience 

Section 3924 Insubordination 

San Francisco Charter, Appendix A 8.400(g) 

General Rules for Establishing and Paying Compensation 

This portion of the meeting, and any possible Commission Deliberations, may be held in 
Closed Session pursuant to Government Code Section 54957. 

Battalion Chief Audrey Lee did not request a closed hearing 

A. Hearing 

Commissioner Roeca continued to serve as President pro tern and chaired the hearing. 
Commissioner Soulis declared that even though he missed the special meeting of March 
21 st , he had read the transcript and was ready to deliberate with the Commission after 
the hearing. 



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Commissioner Roeca established that the following parties were present: Michael Harris, 
representing Battalion Chief Audrey Lee, who was present. Pamela Thompson and 
Katharine Hobin, Deputy City Attorneys, representing the Fire Department, and Marie 
Blits, representing the Fire Commission. 

For direct examination Mr. Harris called Lieutenant Dunson, Bureau of Assignments, and 
Battalion Chief Audry Lee. Ms. Thompson cross-examined both witnesses. 
Commissioners examined both witnesses and reviewed the exhibits that had been 
presented by the Department and by Battalion Chief Lee's counsel. 

Deputy City Attorney Pamela Thompson presented the closing argument by the 
Department, followed by Mr. Harris' closing. 

Commissioner Roeca thanked all parties and declared that the Commission will 
deliberate on May 3, 2000 at 9:00 a.m. 

Please note: the above only represents a brief summary of the 
proceedings. The court reporter recorded the entire proceedings. The full 
transcript is available from the Secretary upon request. 

B. Commission Deliberations on Formal Complaint 

Continued to meeting of May 3, 2000, 9:00 a.m. 

4. ADJOURNMENT 

The hearing was adjourned at 4:05 p.m. 



Tania Bauer 
Commission Secretary 






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FIRE COMMISSION 

City and County of San Francisco 



Hadley Roff, President 
Stephen Nakajo, Vice President 
Pat Norman, Commissioner 
Russell Roeca, Commissioner 
Ted Soulis, Commissioner 




698 Second Street 

San Francisco CA 94107 

Telephone 415.558.3451 

Fax 415.558.3413 

Tania Bauer, Secretary 



No. 00-10 



JVIINUTES OF THE FIRE COMMISSION 

Regular Meeting - Thursday -^April 27, 2000 - 6:00 p.m. 

698 Second Street, Room 102 



Item 
No. 



ON ROLL CALL, the following were noted present: 

President Hadley Roff 
Vice President Stephen A. Nakajo 
Commissioner Pat Norman 
Commissioner Russell S. Roeca 

Commissioner Ted N. Soulis was excused for business reasons. 



Robert L. Demmons 
Paul J. Tabacco 
Joseph C. Asaro 



Chief of Department 
Deputy Chief, Operations 
Deputy Chief, Administration 



Assistant Deputy Chiefs - Staff : 



Lorrie A. Kalos 
Ray Balzarini 
Joanne Hayes-White 
Daniel A. Sullivan 



Management Services 
Division of Airports 
Division of Training 
Support Services 

Chief Officers - Firefiqhtinq Services : 



DOCUMENTS DEPT. 
JUN - 5 2C00 

SAN FRANCISCO 
PUBLIC LIBRARY 



Ozell Austin 
Joseph J. Mazeau 
James C. Ferry 



Division 1 (Acting) 
Division 2 (Acting) 
Division 3 (Acting) 



2. APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES 

Regular Meeting of April 13, 2000, and Special Meeting of March 21, 2000. 

Commissioner Roeca moved and Commissioner Norman seconded. 

John Darmanin, Firefighter, inquired about the Minutes of the April 13, 2000, Special 
Hearing. The Secretary responded that the minutes would be prepared after the transcript 
for the meeting is received from the court reporter. 

There were no further questions or discussion and the minutes were approved as 
presented. 



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3. CONSENT CALENDAR 



All matters listed hereunder (Items A through H) constitute a Consent Calendar, were 
considered to be routine by the Fire Commission, and were acted upon by a single roll-call 
vote of the Commission. 

A. Monthly Reports 

Division of Fire Prevention & Investigation 

Submitting monthly report from Division of Fire Prevention & Investigation concerning 
activities performed during March 2000. 

Division of Management Services 

Submitting monthly report from Division of Management Services concerning activities 
performed during March 2000. 

Physician's Report 

Submitting biweekly report of Fire Department Physician concerning disability injuries, 
March 18 through March 31, 2000. 

B. Appointments 

Reporting the following PROBATIONARY appointments effective April 17, 2000: 



H2 Firefighter 

Johnathan Ashbrook 
Lars Aspelin 
Michael Barry 
John Benson 
Geoffrey Clayton 
James Cormack 
George Debrunner 
Wayman Duncan 
Thomas Fogle 
Jason Harrell 
Janice Hoaglin 
Michael Hoelsken 
Donyale Hoye 
Yoon Lee 
Manual Lopes 
Kenneth Martin 
Michael Martinez 
Stephen Moran 
Janette Neves 
Damian Orduna 
James Parish 
Humberto Pilarte 
Janeen Pirosko 
Frederick Putt 
Robert Ramirez 
Huckleberry Ramsay 
William Reilly 



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Chris Dowdell, resigned) 
James Crabtree, retired) 
William Koenig, retired) 
John Dobshinsky, retired) 
Jerome Polizzi, retired) 
Renato Bermudez, deceased) 
Michael O'Callaghan, retired) 
Brian Matza, retired) 
Hugh Smith, retired) 
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Robert James, retired) 
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John Kelly, retired) 
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Michael Kelly, retired) 
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Jack Giessler, retired) 
Joseph Pardo, retired) 
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Marciel Rivera (vice: Brent McKenzie, resigned) 

Patrick Sullivan (vice: Thomas Lovely, retired) 

Thomas Thornton (vice: Frederick Passler, deceased) 

Kevin Tom (vice: John Parent, deceased) 

Joel Voboril (vice: Attrition Savings) 

Norman Wong (vice: Dennis Martino, retired) 

Elmen Wu (vice: Albert Gughemetti, apptd. PV H20 Lieut.) 

Christopher Yock (vice: Richard Pogre, apptd. PV H20 Lieut.) 

Norman Yup (vice: Patricia Yuen, apptd. PV H20 Lieut.) 

Reporting the following PROBATIONARY appointment effective March 13, 2000: 
1426 Senior Clerk Typist 

Angelina Young (vice: from Provisional appointment) 

Temporary Appointments 

Reporting having made 283 temporary appointments March 18 through March 31, 2000. 

C. Retirements 

Communications received from Retirement Board indicating the following members have retired: 

Name Rank Type of Retirement Retirement Date 

Gamble, Harold E. 0150 Deputy Chief, Op. Service Mar. 23, 2000 

Cofresi, Arthur H22 Lieutenant, BFP Service Apr. 07, 2000 

(Retirement Certificates will be presented at Fire Commission meeting of June 22, 2000) 

D. Resignation 

Submitting resignation of Probationary 1426 Senior Clerk Typist Angelina Young, effective 
close of business April 14, 2000. (Resigned with satisfactory services. Started work 
03-13-00.) 

E. Leaves of Absence 

Submitting requests for leaves of absence with pay for Deborah J. Owen, M.D., MPH., 
SFFD Medical Director, for: 

One day, May 1 1 , 2000, in order to attend the OSTOP employee health services 
conference in Irvine, Orange County. There is no cost to the City. 

Five days, May 15 through May 19, 2000, in order to attend the AOHC American 
Occupational Health Conference in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. There is no cost to the 
City. 

Dr. Owen will not be replaced. 

F. Leave of Absence 

Submitting request for leave of absence without pay for H2 Firefighter David Lester, for an 
indefinite period, effective March 30, 2000. Leave requested for personal reasons. 



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G. Accidents 



Submitting reports and recommendations of the Accident Review Committee regarding the 
following accidents: 

Accident Serial 

No. Date No. Category Recommendation 

Engine 1 99-0-01 9A 07-20-99 513 A File 

Off: T/Lt. Ronny Tsujimoto; Drv: FF Keith Onishi 

Cause: Misjudged clearance - Eng 1, while responding with red lights and 
siren, was unaware that it sideswiped a stationary vehicle 

Engine 29 99-0-176 02-22-00 502 A File 

Off: Capt. James Outley; Drv: FF Cynthia Childers 

Cause: Misjudged clearance - Eng 29, while turning into parking lot, struck 
left rear of parked civilian vehicle 

Battalion 3 99-0-177 02-22-00 921 B File 

Off: B/C Henry Smith; Drv: C/A James Leonard 

Cause: Failure of automatic door closing device - Batt 3 was parked in 
Station 13 and was struck by the apparatus door which failed to 
operate properly due to receiving false signal, because of the 
reflective strip on the side of Batt 3 

Medic 5 99-0-178 02-23-00 716 B File 

Drv: FR Paramedic Larry Bradshaw 

Cause: Equipment malfunction - While Medic 5 was backing into quarters, 
apparatus door malfunctioned, striking rear lights of Medic 5 

Engine 2 99-0-179 02-26-00 529 B File 

Off: T/Lt. John Barcojo; Drv: 

Cause: While parked, Eng 2 was struck by a passing Muni bus 

Engine 3 99-0-180 02-27-00 530 A File 

Off: Lt. Bryan Rubenstein; Drv: FF Nicholas Bazarini 

Cause: Misjudged clearance - Eng 3, while responding to a medical 
emergency, struck left side of parked vehicle 

EMS RC 1 99-0-181 02-29-00 916 B File 

Off: Paramedic Captain Michael Whooley 

Cause: Hit and run - While responding with red lights and siren, RC 1 

stopped and proceeded through intersection, and was struck by 
a civilian vehicle which did not stop 

Engine 3 99-0-182 03-01-00 530 B File 

Off: Lt. Bryan Rubenstein; Drv: FF Timothy Sullivan 

Cause: While responding with red lights and siren, Eng 3 was struck by 
civilian vehicle attempting to pass Eng 3 



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Drv: FF/PM Andrew Birkhoff 



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Cause: Medic 41 , while turning right, was struck by civilian vehicle 
attempting to go straight from a right turn only lane 

Truck 6 99-0-184 03-02-00 626 A File 

Off: T/Capt. Michael Cunnie; Drv: FF James Weese; Tlr: FF Jeffrey Babb 

Cause: Misjudged clearance - While backing into quarters, left rear bumper 
of Trk 6 struck fuel pump; spotters were posted 

Engine 42 99-0-185 03-03-00 588 A File 

Off: Capt. Edward Arce; Drv: PX Allen Wong 

Cause: Misjudged clearance - While rounding a bend during driver training, 
driver of Eng 42 over compensated for a double parked auto and 
struck a parked car 

Engine 16 99-0-186 03-04-00 533 A File 

Off: T/Capt. Richard Lauer; Drv: Carlos Hoy 

Cause: Misjudged clearance - Eng 16, while repositioning, lightly struck 
parked vehicle 

Category A - An accident which has occurred because of inattention to vehicle operator's and/or officer's 
responsibilities or because of misjudgment of clearance in operating apparatus near stationary objects. 
Category B - An accident in which fire department personnel exercised reasonable judgment and precautions, 
exhibited good apparatus operator's and officer's skills and observed all state, local and fire department 
statutes, ordinances and rules. 

Category C - An accident which has occurred because of apparatus operator's misjudgment of clearance, 
deficiency in defensive driving techniques, or failure to anticipate other vehicle's movements. 

H. Unlitigated Claims 

Submitting report from City Attorney's Office on unlitigated claims for March 2000: 



Name of Claimant 

Hector Basurto 
Armando Hernandez 
Thomas Tighe 
Carol Karimi 
Jefferson Santiago 
Denise Newman 
Nuala McNabola 



Claim Amount Filed/Paid 

$1,269.59/1,455.76 

1,514.69/1,514.69 

506.33/ 506.33 

748.91/ 748.91 

1,850.00/ 540.00 

2,299.56/1,735.42 

600.63/ 600.63 



Accident Number/CateporyAJnit Date of Accident 

98-9-183 (A) ResAmb 38 04-1 1-99 

99-0-071 (A) Eng 32 09-29-99 

99-0-1 1 1 (A) Eng 41 1 2-04-99 

99-0-1 1 2 (B) Eng 31 1 2-04-99 

99-0-125 (C) Eng 1 12-19-99 

99-0-136 (A) Trk 12 01-03-00 

99-0-164 (A) Eng 39 02-03-00 



Commissioner Norman moved and Commissioner Roeca seconded. There were no 
questions or discussion and Items A through H on the Consent Calendar were approved or 
ordered filed as appropriate. 



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April 27, 2000 Regular Meeting 

Page 6 of 7 

4. REGULAR CALENDAR -NEW BUSINESS 

A. Letters of Commendation 

Submitted three letters commending members of the Department for response to requests 
for assistance, emergencies, or training. 

President Roff directed that these letters be acknowledged and incorporated in the minutes 
of today's meeting. 

B. Chief of Department's Monthly Report (Continued from Meeting of 04-13-00) 

Submitted monthly report from Chief of Department on monthly status of department 
personnel, equipment and apparatus for March 2000. 

Commissioner Roeca moved and Commissioner Norman seconded. There were no 
questions or discussion and the monthly report of Chief of Department was approved. 

C. Request for Supplemental Appropriation (Continued from Meeting of 04-13-00) 

FY 1999-00 Request for Supplemental Appropriation in the amount of $2,748,723, as set 
forth and explained in the transmittal letter to the Mayor's Office. 

Commissioner Roeca moved and Commissioner Norman seconded. 

John Darmanin asked for clarification regarding $2 million for uniforms and personal 
protective equipment (PPE) that had been budgeted but not spent. He understood that it 
had been returned to the General Fund. 

Debra Ward, Chief Fiscal Officer, responded that $2 million for personal protective 
equipment was not included in the budget. Apparently, an oversight had occurred in the 
budgeting process when neither Operations nor Support Services had included this item in 
their budget. The issue has been resolved this year by having Support Services solely 
responsible for budgeting for PPE. 

Mr. Darmanin wished to know if money had reverted back into the General Fund. Ms. Ward 
responded that in FY 1998-99 moneys did revert back to the General Fund. This was not an 
oversight but was due to the delay in awarding the contract for the purchase of the PPE. 

Mr. Darmanin also wished to have an explanation of lease/purchase funds. President Roff 
suggested that the Chief Fiscal Officer send an explanatory communication to Mr. Darmanin 
through the Secretary. 

There were no further questions or discussion and the request for supplemental 
appropriation in the amount of $2,748,723 was approved. 

D. Communications Received by the Commission 

One communication was received by the Commission from March 17, 2000 through April 6, 
2000 (omitted from 4/13/00 agenda), and nine. communications were received by the 
Commission from April 7, 2000 through April 20, 2000. 



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E. Public Comment 



Mr. Darmanin wished to inform the Commission that he had met with Binnie Singh, Human 
Resources Director, and Assistant Chief Sullivan, Support Services, regarding a grievance 
he had submitted related to his PPE. He noted that the issue had been resolved. Mr. 
Darmanin was appreciative of the amount of work necessary to prepare a PPE policy and 
then release it as a General Order. He believes that the department is on the right track and 
with adequate future funding, the problem should be resolved. 

Commissioner Norman wished to know if Mr. Darmanin was a representative of an 
organization, such as a union. Mr. Darmanin responded in the negative and stated that he 
was here speaking as a private citizen even though he was a firefighter and a member of 
Local 798, the Firefighter's Union. Commissioner Norman noted that at the meetings she 
had attended, Mr. Darmanin had been very vocal on numerous issues and that is why she 
inquired as to whom he represented. Mr. Darmanin reiterated that he speaks for himself and 
as a firefighter, although many persons have shared information with him and that his 
comments sometimes reflect those thoughts and opinions. 

F. Adjournment 

There being no further business to come before the Commission, the meeting was 
adjourned at 7:00 p.m. 



Tania Bauer 
Secretary 



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CITY AND COUNTY OF SAN FRANCISCO 
SAN FRANCISCO FIRE DEPARTMENT 



lobert L. Demmons, Chief of Department 
?aul J. TabaCCO, Deputy Chief of Operations 
foseph C. AsarO, Deputy Chief of Administration 




698 SECOND STREET 

SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94107-2015 

Telephone: (415) 558-3400 



April 18,2000 



Chief Robert L. Demmons 
San Francisco Fire Department 
798 Second Street 
San Francisco, CA 94107 

Dear Chief Demmons: 

I would like to extend congratulations and my personal thanks to every member of the Bureau of 
Communications for the tremendous effort made and the resulting success of, the recent cut-over to the new 
911 system. Hundreds of hours of preparation, planning and training were required. Every member had to 
sacrifice, to accomplish this most demanding challenge. It is not very often that the Department undertakes 
a project of such magnitude. To achieve the success that we as a Department did, is in no small measure, a 
direct result of the Bureau of Communications and of course the 91 1 transition team. This cut-over has 
been described by people with a tremendous amount of experience, as a model to be followed by other Fire 
and Police Departments. You should be proud of the success of the cut-over. I am extremely proud of 
each member involved. On behalf of Operations, I would like to thank the following members, for a job 
well done: 



FIELD CREWS 

Erica Arteseros 
EdChu 
Ricky Yee 
CJ Ferguson 
Bob Evans 
Frank Wong 
Clyde Christobol 

DISPATCH FLOOR 

George Dreaper 
Pete Cottrell 
Steve Green 
Zach Nathan 
Todd Prakin 
Eric Richardson 
Joel Sato 
Melany Brandon 
Vince Cogal 
Kim Purcell 
Patricia Fallon 
Doug Goodin 



CECC SUPPORT 

Ed Campbell 
Marshal Isaacs 
Rich Shortall 
Joanne Hayes- White 
Frank Cercos 
Glenn Ortiz-Schuldt 
James Kircher 
Bill Carey 
Bob Kuzma 
James Fazackerley 
Dave Franklin 
Ehrhardt Groothoff 
Arnold Woo 
Jack Forbes 



Verytruly yours, 




Paul J. Tabacco 

Deputy Chief, Operations 



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April 4, 2000 

Robert Demmons 

698 2nd Street 

San Francisco, CA 94107-2015 



Dear Mr. Demmons, 



A note of thanks from all of us at The Laurel Hill Nursery School for being 
instrumental in arranging the tour at the Presidio fire station and museum. It is so 
important for the children to get hands on knowledge of the history and daily life of the 
fire station. We couldn't have done it without you. 

Nancy Gittelman 

Program Enrichment Committee 

cc: Program Enrichment Chairpersons 



Laurel Hill Nursery School /4d Euclid Avenue/San Francisco, California 94118 (415) 751-8784 






4/10/00 



Dear 



This letter is to urge you to extend and expand your support for the NERT Program. 

I just finished my training and the sense of preparedness I have now is worlds apart from before 
my taking the class. 

I have to say the trainers were excellent and the materials good. 

All in all I feel very proud to join the ranks of a local "who cares" enough to commit time and 
energy to make this a safer city and support our firefighters, police and medical workers. 



Warm Regards, 



Allis 




FIRE COMMISSION 

City and County of San Francisco 



Hadley Roff. President 
Stephen Nakajo, Vice President 
Pat Norman, Commissioner 
Russell Roeca, Commissioner 
Ted Soulis, Commissioner 




698 Second Street 

San Francisco CA 94107 

Telephone 415.558.3451 

Fax 415.558.3413 

Tania Bauer, Secretary 



^MINUTES OF THE FIRE COMMISSION 

Special Meeting, Wednesday, May 3, 2000 - 9:00 a.m. 

698 Second Street, Room 102, San Francisco, CA 94107 



Item 
No 



1 . On ROLL CALL, the following were noted present: 



President 
Vice President 
Commissioner 
Commissioner 
Commissioner 

Chief of Department 



Hadley R. Roff 
Stephen A. Nakajo 
Russell S. Roeca 
Ted N. Soulis 
Pat Norman 

Robert L. Demmons 



DOCUMENTS DEPT. 
JUN I 9 2000 

SAN FRANCISCO 
PUBLIC LIBRARY 



2. PUBLIC COMMENT 

There was no public comment. 

3. COMMISSION DELIBERATIONS ON A FORMAL COMPLAINT FILED BY CHIEF OF 
DEPARTMENT AGAINST AUDRY LEE (Continued from Meetings of 12/16/99, 1/13/00, 
3/21/00 and 4/12/00) 

Formal Hearing concerning formal complaint filed by Robert L. Demmons, Chief of 
Department, on November 9, 1999, against Battalion Chief Audrey Lee for violation of the 
Rules and Regulations as follows: 

Section 3905 Unfamiliarity with Rules 

Section 3921 Inaptitude for Duty/Incompetence 

Section 3922 Acts Detrimental to Welfare of Department 

Section 3923 Disobedience 

Section 3924 Insubordination 

San Francisco Charter, Appendix A 8.400(g) 

General Rules for Establishing and Paying Compensation 

Commissioner Roeca, continuing to serve as President pro tern, established that the 
following parties were present: Michael Harris, representing Battalion Chief Audrey Lee, 
Pamela Thompson, Deputy City Attorney, representing the Fire Department, and Marie Blits, 
Deputy City Attorney, representing the Fire Commission. Also present were Tyrone Pruitt, 
President, Black Firefighters Association of San Francisco, and Battalion Chief Audry Lee. 

This portion of the meeting, and any possible Commission Deliberations, may be 
held in Closed Session pursuant to Government Code Section 54957. 



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Commissioner Roeca stated that the hearing had been held in open session but that the 
Commission wished to conduct deliberations in closed session. 

3.1 . Vote on whether to hold Closed Session 

Commissioner Norman moved to hold deliberations in closed session and Commissioner 
Roff seconded. The motion was unanimously approved. 

3.2. Public Comment on all matters pertaining to Closed Session 

There was no public comment. The Commission went into closed session at 9:40 a.m. 

3.3. Reconvene in Open Session 

The Commission reconvened in open session at 12:50 p.m. 

a. Possible report on action taken in Closed Session, pursuant to Government Code 
Section 54957.1 and 54957.7, and San Francisco Administrative Code Section 
67.14(b). 

Commissioner Roeca declared that the Commission has had the opportunity: (1) to 
review the evidence in the form of transcripts which were provided; (2) to review the joint 
statement and all of the stipulated facts; (3) to review and consider the evidence which 
was disputed; (4) to review all of the evidence, including reasonable inferences there 
from, in its totality; and (5) to review all exhibits which were submitted. 

After deliberating, the Commission had unanimously arrived at the following conclusions 
and decisions: 

Violation No. 1: Battalion Chief Lee created a policy that allowed members to work fewer 
hours than required and to receive overtime prior to returning a full work week. 
Allowance of payment of overtime for these on-duty details to the Assignment Office 
indicates a violation of Section 3905- Unfamiliarity with Rules. 

Violation No. 2: Battalion Chief Lee did not develop an adequate contingency plan to 
assure staffing for December 25, 1998. Battalion Chief Lee did not confirm that his 
immediate superior or the upper administration was aware of the critical staffing 
shortage for December 25, 1998. These failures indicate a violation of Section 3921 - 
Inaptitude for Duty/Incompetence. 

Violation No. 3: As a result of Battalion Chief Lee's failure to assure that adequate 
staffing was arranged for December 25, 1998, 21 engine companies ran short until 
resolved by the efforts of Chiefs Aide LaVelle, Deputy Chief Gamble and Chief 
Demmons. This staffing shortage created an unnecessary risk for the citizens of San 
Francisco and reflected poorly on the management of the San Francisco Fire 
Department. These actions indicate a violation of Section 3922 - Acts Detrimental to 
Welfare of Department. 

Violation No. 4: Battalion Chief Lee created a policy that allowed members to work fewer 
hours than required and to receive overtime prior to working a full week. Allowance for 
payment of overtime for these on-duty details indicates a violation of Section 3922 - 
Acts Detrimental to Welfare of Department. 



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Violation No. 5: On January 21, 1999, Battalion Chief Lee failed to comply with a 
directive from Assistant Deputy Chief Kalos to turn off a tape recorder. This behavior 
indicates a violation of Section 3923 - Disobedience. 

Violation No. 6: On February 18, 1999, Battalion Chief Lee failed to comply with the 
directive from Assistant Deputy Chief Kalos to turn off a tape-recorder. This behavior 
indicates a violation of Section 3923 - Disobedience. 

Violation No. 7: Battalion Chief Lee failed to follow the directive of Assistant Deputy 
Chief Kalos to have two signatures on the Bureau of Assignment's time rolls. This failure 
to follow a policy directive indicates a violation of Section 3923 - Disobedience. 

Violation No. 8: On January 21, 1999, Battalion Chief Lee failed to comply with a 
directive from Assistant Deputy Chief Kalos to turn off a tape recorder. This resistance to 
authority indicates a violation of Section 3924 - Insubordination. 

Violation No. 9: On February 18, 1999, Battalion Chief Lee failed to comply with a 
directive from Assistant Deputy Chief Kalos to turn off a tape recorder. This resistance to 
authority indicates a violation of Section 3924 - Insubordination. 

Violation No. 10: Battalion Chief Lee created a policy that allowed members to work 
fewer hours than required and to receive overtime prior to working a full work week. 
Allowance of payment of overtime for these on-duty details to the Assignment Office 
indicates a violation of San Francisco Charter, Appendix A 8.400(g) - General Rules for 
Establishing and Paying Compensation. 

Discipline 

The Commission recommends and adopts for discipline for these violations the 

recommendation of the Chief of Department of 60 days suspension. 

Upon resuming the chair, President Roff wished to address some of the issues in this case. 
He noted that the case had important consequences and serious lessons for the 
Department, beginning with its paramount responsibility - to provide emergency fire and 
rescue services of the highest caliber. 

The Christmas 1998 staffing shortage created unreasonable risks and danger. Fortunately, 
it did not result in any injury to the public or employees of the Department. Nonetheless, that 
does not absolve or reduce the responsibility of the Department to ensure full staffing and 
the readiness of the Department to respond to any emergency. Every member of the 
Department must be held to the highest standards of professionalism and accountability. 

The Commission observed a clear breakdown in the chain of command, a clear breakdown 
in the chain of communication and a clear breakdown in responsibility. 

In addressing Battalion Chief Lee, President Roff declared that it was he who had charge of 
managing the Assignment Office to ensure full staffing of fire companies and emergency 
medical service units. President Roff pointed out that in his testimony, Battalion Chief Lee 
had acknowledged that there would be staffing problems on Christmas Day 1998. He had 
written a memo addressed to the Chief of Department setting forth extreme methods for 
dealing with a shortage should one develop, yet he had made no effort to alert the 
Department to this possibility beyond putting his memo into an in-box. 

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The Commission believes that Battalion Chief Lee took no initiative personally to talk with or 
to call in, or, in any way, directly notify the Department that it might, by his own 
recommendation, have to close fire stations, or that the Chief might have to take the 
extraordinary step of declaring an emergency. Early on Christmas morning, insisting that he 
was not worried about staffing, Battalion Chief Lee stated that he did call the Assignment 
Office simply to check in but he did not make any further attempt to determine or, in any 
way, to take action in what developed as a shortfall of 21 firefighters that day. The 
Commission believes that this amounts to dereliction of duty. 

Regarding the charges of excessive overtime, Battalion Chief Lee made not attempt to 
assure that there would not be overpayment. He failed to exercise management authority or 
initiative that clearly would be within his prerogative as a Chief Officer in charge of an 
important unit of the Fire Department. Officers of this Department are expected to adhere to 
the highest professional standards, and to exercise judgement and discretion to assure 
compliance with departmental rules and procedures. 

Regarding the remaining matters, Battalion Chief Lee clearly disobeyed the legitimate order 
of a superior officer when he did not, as directed, turn off or put away a tape recorder. 
Additionally, he did not comply with specific orders that required that he obtain two 
signatures on the time roll. 

Battalion Chief Lee's failure to take responsibility for the Christmas Day staffing undermined 
the safety and security of this city; his refusal to obey direct orders undercut the discipline 
and good order indispensable in the fire service. 

Of special concern to this Commission was the seeming breakdown of communication 
whereby issues, obviously imperative to the effective operation of this Department, are not 
verbally and personally addressed but are simply left to a bureaucratic expedient of a memo 
left without comment. 

Additionally, the Commission was concerned at how, in this case, personal animosity and 
feelings seemingly interfered with the effective communication and the frank discussion of 
departmental issues. Concern for the Department and the people of San Francisco, whom it 
serves, should transcend mere personal antipathies. 

If there was a paramount lesson to be drawn from this case, it was that first and foremost 
every member of this Department must put the welfare of this city and of the Department 
before any personal convenience and feelings. 

b. Vote to elect whether to disclose any or all Closed Session discussions, pursuant 
to San Francisco Administrative Code Section 67.14(a). 

Commissioner Roeca moved not to disclose any closed session discussions and 
Commissioner Soulis seconded. The motion was unanimously approved. 

4. ADJOURNMENT 

There being no further business before the Commission, the special meeting was adjourned 
at 1:00 p.m. 



Tania Bauer 
Secretary 

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FIRE COMMISSION 

City and County of San Francisco 



Hadley Roff, President 
Stephen Nakajo, Vice President 
Pat Norman, Commissioner 
Russell Roeca, Commissioner 
Ted Soulis, Commissioner 




698 Second Street 
San Francisco CA 94107 
Telephone 415.558.3451 

Fax 415.558.3413 
Tania Bauer, Secretary 



No. 00-12 



„ MINUTES OF THE FIRE COMMISSION 

X 

Regular Meeting - Thursday -May 1 1 , 2000 - 6:00 p.m. 

698 Second Street, Room 102 



Item 
No. 

1. ON ROLL CALL, the following were noted present: 

President Hadley Roff 

Vice President Stephen A. Nakajo 

Commissioner Ted N. Soulis 

Commissioner Pat Norman and Commissioner Russell S. Roeca were excused for 
business reasons. 



Robert L. Demmons 
Paul J. Tabacco 
Joseph C. Asaro 



Chief of Department 
Deputy Chief, Operations 
Deputy Chief, Administration 



Assistant Deputy Chiefs - Staff : 



Lome A. Kalos 
Ray Balzarini 
Joanne Hayes-White 



Management Services 
Division of Airports 
Division of Training 



Chief Officers - Firefiqhtinq Services : 



DOCUMENTS DEPT. 
JU N - 5 2000 

SAN FRANC/SCO 
PUBLIC LIBRARY 



Bernie F. Lee 
Richard D. Bracco 
Aaron C. Stevenson 



Division 1 
Division 2 (Acting) 
Division 3 



2. APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES 

Minutes of the Regular Meeting of April 27, 2000, were not ready for approval. 

3. CONSENT CALENDAR 

All matters listed hereunder (Items A through E, with the exception of Item C) constitute a 
Consent Calendar, were considered to be routine by the Fire Commission, and were acted 
upon by a single roll-call vote of the Commission. At the request of Firefighter John 
Darmanin, President Roff directed that Item C be removed from the Consent Calendar. 






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Page 2 of 6 

A. Monthly Reports 

Division of Training 

Submitting monthly report from Division of Training concerning activities performed during 
April 2000. 

Physician's Report 

Submitting biweekly report of Fire Department Physician concerning disability injuries, 
April 1 through April 14, 2000. 

B. Appointments 

Reporting the following PERMANENT appointments effective MAY 15, 2000: 
7514 General Laborer 
Noel Hernandez 

Temporary Appointments 

Reporting having made 312 temporary appointments April 1 through April 14, 2000. 

C. Suspension (Removed from Consent Calendar) 
Reporting suspension of the following: 

H10 Chiefs Aide Joseph E. Morrison, Division 3, for two days, February 16 and 17, 2000, 
for violation of Section 3926 of the Rules and Regulations (Tardiness and Failure to Report). 

H2 Firefighter Bridget M. Cullinane, Engine 19, for two days, January 15 and 16, 2000, for 
violation of Section 3926 of the Rules and Regulations (Tardiness and Failure to Report). 

H1 Fire Rescue Paramedic Nicholas Holl, Medic 3, for one day, February 16, 2000, for 
violation of Section 3926 of the Rules and Regulations (Tardiness and Failure to Report). 

H1 Fire Rescue Paramedic David Floersch, Division of Training, for six days, May 8 through 
15, 2000, for violation of Section 3922 of the Rules and Regulations (Acts Detrimental to 
Welfare of Department). 

H1 Fire Rescue Paramedic, Melvin Lee, EMS Division, for six days, May 8 through 15, 2000, 
for violation of Section 3922 of the Rules and Regulations (Acts Detrimental to Welfare of 
Department). 

D. Leave of Absence 

Submitting request for leave of absence with pay for T/Captain Pete Howes, EMS Division, 
Special Operations, for 12 days, May 1 through May 12, 2000, in order to attend the Special 
Operations Administration course at the National Fire Academy, Emmitsburg, Maryland. 
There is no cost to the City. T/Captain Howes will not be replaced. 

E. Accidents 

Submitting reports and recommendations of the Accident Review Committee regarding the 
following accidents: 



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Accident 
No. 



Date 



Serial 
No. 



Category 



Engine 11 99-0-142A 01-11-00 A 

Off: Lt. Jeanne Seyler; Drv: FF Dennis King 

Cause: Misjudged clearance - Eng 1 1 , while making a tight right turn, 
clipped the rear bumper of a parked civilian vehicle 

EMS RC 1 99-0-187 03-04-00 916 B 

Off: T/Paramedic Captain Kevin Chocker 

Cause: Hit and run - While RC 1 was parked in front of Station 13, civilian 
vehicle hit left rear view mirror of RC 1. 

Engine 33 99-0-188 03-05-00 527 A 

Off: Lt. Michael Bello; Drv: FF Antenor Molloy 

Cause: Misjudged clearance - While pulling forward, Eng 33 lightly 
scratched a parked civilian vehicle 

Truck 3 99-0-189 03-06-00 623 B 

Off: T/Capt. Anthony Soule; Drv: FF Frank Kelly; Tlr: FF Jeffrey Malone 

Cause: Trk 3, while parked at the scene of an incident, was struck by 
a civilian vehicle 



Recommendation 



File 



File 



File 



File 



Medic 5 99-0-190 03-07-00 716 C 

Drv: FR Paramedic David Spencer 

Cause: Medic 5 was responding with red lights and siren and, while 
proceeding slowly through an intersection against a red light, 
was struck by a civilian vehicle 

Truck 15 99-0-191 03-09-00 622 C 

Off: Capt. Stephen Gritsch; Drv: FF Edward Perricone; Tlr: FF Pedro Gonzalez 

Cause: Misjudged clearance - While attempting to park, tiller of Trk 15 
swung out striking the right rear of a stationary vehicle 

Truck 8 99-0-192 03-15-00 608 B 

Off: Lt. Raymond Dito; Drv: FF Fred Calonico; Tlr: Thomas Kuhn 

Cause: Hit and run - Trk 8, while parked in front of Station 8, was struck 
by a civilian vehicle 

Truck 14 99-0-193 03-16-00 611 A 

Off: T/Lt. James Riley; Drv: FF Robert Barbara; Tlr: FF William Wong 

Cause: Misjudged clearance - While preparing to park for an EMS Presidio 
Drill, Trk 14 struck a parked civilian vehicle 



File 



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Medic 3 99-0-194 03-18-00 

Drv: FR Paramedic James Green 



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Cause: Misjudged clearance - Medic 3, while pulling into a parking space, 
lightly struck a parked civilian vehicle 



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Fire Commission Minutes 

Mey 1 1, 2000 Regular Meeting 

Page 4 of 6 

Engine 9 99-0-195 03-20-00 590 A File 

Off: Lt. Darryl Hunter; Drv: FF Rita Kearns 

Cause: Misjudged clearance - Eng 9 was responding to an incident and, 
while backing up to negotiate a tight turn, clipped the rear end of 
a parked civilian vehicle 

Category A - An accident which has occurred because of inattention to vehicle operator's and/or officer's 
responsibilities or because of misjudgment of clearance in operating apparatus near stationary objects. 
Category B - An accident in which fire department personnel exercised reasonable judgment and precautions, 
exhibited good apparatus operator's and officer's skills and observed all state, local and fire department 
statutes, ordinances and rules. 

Category C - An accident which has occurred because of apparatus operator's misjudgment of clearance, 
deficiency in defensive driving techniques, or failure to anticipate other vehicle's movements. 

Vice President Nakajo moved and Commissioner Soulis seconded. There were no 
questions or discussion and Items A through E with the exception of Item C on the Consent 
Calendar were approved or ordered filed as appropriate. 

C. Suspension (Item Removed) 

Reporting suspension of the following: 

H10 Chiefs Aide Joseph E. Morrison, Division 3, for two days, February 16 and 17, 2000, 
for violation of Section 3926 of the Rules and Regulations (Tardiness and Failure to Report). 

H2 Firefighter Bridget M. Cullinane, Engine 19, for two days, January 15 and 16, 2000, for 
violation of Section 3926 of the Rules and Regulations (Tardiness and Failure to Report). 

H1 Fire Rescue Paramedic Nicholas Holl, Medic 3, for one day, February 16, 2000, for 
violation of Section 3926 of the Rules and Regulations (Tardiness and Failure to Report). 

H1 Fire Rescue Paramedic David Floersch, Division of Training, for six days, May 8 through 
15, 2000, for violation of Section 3922 of the Rules and Regulations (Acts Detrimental to 
Welfare of Department). 

H1 Fire Rescue* Paramedic, Melvin Lee, EMS Division, for six days, May 8 through 15, 2000, 
for violation of Section 3922 of the Rules and Regulations (Acts Detrimental to Welfare of 
Department). 

Vice President Nakajo moved and Commissioner Soulis seconded. 

John Darmanin wished to comment regarding the suspension of individuals by the 
department for tardiness or failure to report. He believes that in some cases there are 
extenuating circumstances for being tardy. 

President Roff reminded Mr. Darmanin that it might not be appropriate for him to raise these 
issues before the Commission without the individuals' consent. Furthermore, President Roff 
noted that the individuals on the suspension list, if they so wished, had their own legal 
representation. Mr. Darmanin responded that he was not speaking for any individuals but 
only wished to comment that he found this issue to be upsetting and confusing of how 
individuals could receive days off for being tardy or failing to report when there could be 
extenuating circumstances. 

There were no further questions or discussion and Item C was unanimously approved. 

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Fire Commission Minutes 

May 11, 2000 Regular Meeting 

Page 5 of 6 

4. REGULAR CALENDAR -NEW BUSINESS 

A. Letters of Commendation 

Submitted eight letters commending members of the Department for response to requests 
for assistance, emergencies, or training. 

President Roff directed that these letters be acknowledged and incorporated in the minutes 
of today's meeting. 

B. Public Comment 

John Darmanin, speaking as a private citizen, wished to bring to the attention of the Fire 
Commission the department's non-response to a complaint he had submitted. He requested 
guidance from the Commission in getting his request answered. 

Robert L. Demmons, Chief of Department, responded that the matter Mr. Darmanin is 
referring to is under investigation and no response would be forthcoming until the 
investigation is completed. He reiterated that if Mr. Darmanin uses the proper channels and 
the chain of command, he would get the proper response. 

Tyrone Pruitt, President, Black Firefighters Association (BFA), wished to address the 
findings of the Commission in the Battalion Chief Audry Lee case. Mr. Pruitt found it 
disturbing that the burden of charges, namely, the Christmas 1999 shortage of personnel 
and the establishment of a policy that allowed personnel to defraud the City, were solely 
carried by Audry Lee, and that he was the only person punished in these incidents. Mr. 
Pruitt proceeded to review the Christmas incident and noted that the department was aware 
of the shortage by Thanksgiving and yet no plan had been brought forward. Furthermore, 
Mr. Pruitt pointed out that Audry Lee did not institute the policy of members of the 
department working overtime in the Bureau of Personnel and, therefore, should not take the 
sole responsibility for defrauding the City. Mr. Pruitt reiterated that he did not believe that the 
total burden of error lay with Audry Lee since numerous other individuals were involved. He 
stated that Audry Lee should not be given the 60-day suspension, which was recommended 
by the Chief and confirmed by the Commission, and hoped that during the appeal process 
the situation could be clarified. Mr. Pruitt believes that it is critical that the punishment should 
fit the situation. 

John Darmanin wished to point out to the Commission that he felt he was being treated 
differently from the previous speaker when the Commission, somewhat reluctantly, allowed 
him to comment on a matter that had to do with discipline, namely suspensions. Since there 
seemed to be no reluctance in allowing the previous speaker to speak, Mr. Darmanin 
believes the Commission to be inconsistent in how it treats people. He believed he had been 
treated differently and he did not appreciate it. 

President Roff responded that Mr. Darmanin had not been cut off and was given time to 
make his comments. He noted that Mr. Darmanin spoke in generalities about ca'ses that 
were still pending before the Commission whereby Mr. Pruitt voiced his reaction to a specific 
case on which the Commission had acted and issued a statement. President Roff pointed 
out the distinction between Mr. Pruitt's advocacy and Mr. Darmanin's personal grievance. 
Mr. Darmanin insisted that it was the same issue. 



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May 1 1, 2000 Regular Meeting 

Page 6 of 6 

Commissioner Nakajo stated that he and the Commissioners find it taxing that time and 
again Mr. Darmanin showed disdain and a lack of respect for the Commission by continuing 
to argue and debate an issue. Commissioner Nakajo pointed out that Mr. Darmanin had the 
right under public comment to state his point of view but not to challenge and debate. 
Furthermore, the Commission's tolerance has reached the point where it will no longer stand 
for this level of disdain and disrespect. 

President Roff wished to comment on the case brought to the Commission's attention by Mr. 
Pruitt. He noted that Battalion Chief Audry Lee's case was well presented and well 
defended, and that the matters referred to by Mr. Pruitt were conscientiously reviewed and 
considered by the Commission. Furthermore, no decision taken by the Commission is done 
lightly or without a great deal of thought. President Roff thanked Mr. Pruitt for his comments. 

C. Adjournment 

There being no further business to come before the Commission, the meeting was 
adjourned at 6:25 p.m. 



Tania Bauer 
Secretary 



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City and County ot San 1 rancisco 

2000 Combined Charities Campaign 



March 22, 2000 



Mr. Robert L. Demmons 

Chief 

Fire Dept. 

City and County of San Francisco 

698 Second Street 

San Francisco, CA 94107 

Dear Mr. Demmons: 



As Chair of the 1999 City and County of San Francisco Combined Charities Campaign, I would like to 
offer my sincere thanks for your leadership and support in this year's efforts. Because of individuals like 
you, the Campaign was able to raise a record $736,000 for the community. Please find enclosed a 
Campaign Summary for your review. 

Please be assured that you and your department's hard work will make a significant difference in the lives 
of people in need, and help create results you can see in your communities. Thank you for partnering 
with us to create a stronger, healthier environment for San Franciscans to live and work. 

Again, thanks for your support. I look forward to working with you and your department this year as we 
attempt to build on our past success. 




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Center for Children and Families 



April 28, 2000 



Chief Robert Demmons 

San Francisco Fire Department 

698 2 nd Street 

San Francisco, CA 94107 

Dear Chief Demmons, 

On behalf of Edgewood Center for Children and Families, I want to express 
my heartfelt thanks for a visit on April 22 from the Fire Fighters Toy 
Program. The boys and girls were thrilled to meet the firefighters, tour the 
engines, and play with the hoses. And they all went back to their cottages with 
beautiful new Easter toys. 

The children who live at Edgewood are severely emotionally disturbed. 
Abused and abandoned by their parents, they struggle with low self-esteem. 
The firefighters treated our boys and girls with great kindness and 
compassion, and it is this for which we are most grateful. The Fire Fighters 
Toy Program richly contributes to this community. 

Warmest Regards, 



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Yvette De Andreis 

Community Relations Coordinator 

(415)682-3116 



1801 Vicente Street ■ San Francisco. CA 9-4 1 1 6 ■ Tel 415.681.321 1 ■ Fax 415.681. I06S 



LINDA KOFNOVEC 

2394--16™ Avenue 

San Francisco, CA 94116 

(415) 664-8176 

(415) 369-7392 

May 2, 2000 



San Francisco Fire Department 

Station 40 

2155 18 th Avenue 

San Francisco, CA 94116 

Re: Fire at 548 Taraval on Sunday, April 3 

Dear Station 40: 

This letter is to express my extreme gratitude for the work 
you did in attending to the fire at 548 Taraval on last Sunday, 
April 30. 

I had left my house, 2394 - 16 th Avenue which directly abuts 
548 Taraval, at 11 in the morning and when I came back about 8 
p.m., walking down Taraval I started to see the piles of burned 
rubbish in the street and then the building itself. I wasn't 
able to see my building directly so I could not tell the extent 
of the damage. 

As it turns out, there was no damage whatsoever to my 
apartment. Even more importantly as I have three cats I can't 
explain my relief when I knew everything was OK. I understand 
from my neighbors that the Fire Department responded immediately 
and took direct and obviously very efficient actions to avert 
any damage to other property. I will remember my very good luck 
on this occasion because of your very hard work. 

Thank you so very much. 




.nda Kofnovec 



cc : Robert Demmons , Chief SFFD 
698 Second Street 
San Francisco, CA 94107 



FRANCINE CARTER 

160 Jerrold Avenue 

San Francisco, CA 94124 

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San Francisco Fire Department 
Attn: Robert Demmons, Fire Chief 
69« Second Street 
San Francisco, CA 94 1 07 

Re: Crisis and Response 

Dear Chief Demmons, 

4 

THANK YOU is not descriptive enough to express the care, kindness, and assistance that we 
received from San Francisco Fire Department and Rescue Team on February 22, 2000 at 41 Kiska 
Road (Bayview Hunters Point District) San Francisco, California. !My friend, Sandra Cummins 
was discharged from Stanford University Hospital in Palo Alto, after receiving her last dose of 
radiation treatment. Upon discharge, Sandra's 70 years Old mother, Helen Cummins was given a 
crash course on trouble shooting a PCA line for morphine and IV drip, Discharge Summary, 
Hospice Care information, and a host of prescriptions for taking care of her dying daughter. 
Questions were raised about her oxygen, prior to discharge but the patient was riot-given an 
oxygen tank. The next step was to get her prescription filled (at Stanford Hospital) and we 
proceeded to her home in San Francisco, 

Once we arrived at her resident around 3:20 p.mi, Sandra began to ask for oxygen. Calls were 
made to Hospice Care, as instructed by Stanford, before discharge. We were in need of a nurse to 
evaluate the situation. We mforrried Hospice Care, Sandra was asking for oxygen. After a number 
of telephone calls and conversations, we were finally informed a hospice riurse" would not be 
corning but. It was too late and someone will contact us first thing in the morning. Eventually, 
Helen Cummins called my sister Frances Carter, RN. at horiie, While t was away trying to get 
food for them to eat. Mrs. Helen Cummins expressed to Frances Carter the urgency of oxygen for 
her daughter, Sandra. Frances instructed her to call "91 1" to assist in the situation, and she would 
be there soon. I arrived in the home seconds, after Mrs. Helen Qmimihs had placed the "91 1 M 
call. Mrs. Helen Cummins proceeded to say Sandra needed oxygen and Frances informed her to 
contact "911." It was obvious her mother was a little emotional, but tried to stay calm during 
this crisis. My heart goes out to Mrs. Helen Cummins, because she had lost, Gail Cummins her 
daughter in 1995 from breast cancer and now facing the death Of her girl, Sandra Cummins with 
sinus cancer. 



The Fire Department arrived and Rescue arrived soon after. They evaluated the situation and 
realized they could only hear one lung. Mrs. Helen Cummins was explaining she had only one 
lung, due to the cancer. I was with another firefighter giving him all the medication, Discharge 
Summary, and instruction given to us by Stanford, kescue wanted to transport Sandra to the 
hospital and it was refused, because Sandra wanted to spend her last days at home. After the 
team had a full understanding of our situation, they explained we needed a form that states, "NO 
CODE" for future emergencies, and explained what that entailed. They got Sandra's oxygen 
started and stayed in the home until she was stable. They then asked, "What else can we do to 
assist you?" We needed to get Sandra upstairs into bed. We had recently obtained a hospital bed 
for Sandra and it was necessary to prepare the bed with sheets. One of the firefighters 
volunteered to help me make the bed, while the other's discussed the best method of getting 
Sandra upstairs. Sandra Cummins being strong minded and always had a strong will, informed 
them she would walk up the stairs. After the bed was made, I looked down the stairs, and saw a 
group of Angels (firefighters) surrounding her as she walked the stairs. The firefighters and " 
rescue guys were amazed she was strong and shocked that she was coherent. One of the guys 
conveyed to Sandra that his mother had just died of cancer a few months ago and his heart goes 
out to her. He also expressed that she was lucky to be in such a loving home. After they got 
Sandra comfortable in bed, they asked again, "What else can we do to assist you?" 
I expressed that things appeared to be under control, she was in bed and comfortable and my 
sister is in route to take care of dispensing her medications. Moments later, while the Angels 
(firefighters) were making sure she was tucked in comfortably, Sandra Cummms said to them, 
"THANK YOU VERY MUCH," then I saw smiles on the Angels faces. They soon, said their 
good byes and informed Sandra to call, if she needed them. 

As I walked them to the door, one of the Angels expressed ms .concern about me being so small 
(100 lbs.) trying to take care Of her. He wanted to ensure me, that I was too small to carry or pull 
on Sandra, because I could injure myself. After a .brief conversation /about my well being my 
sister, the nurse, arrives at the home with a strong male friend. The Angel (firefighter) then 
appeared to be relieved. We all expressed our appreciation for the great and sincere service that 
was rendered by San Francisco Fire Department and Rescue Team. Please tell thehi, "THANK 
YOV FOR THE DOSE Oh LOVE thai they cuMustered'* y V 

Enclosing, J realize that employees are as good as their leader., CWefDenimbnsyourstaflfisa 
direct reflection upon you. You have demonstrated great leadership and have mold future leaders 
for the Bayview Hunters Point Community. I salute you. ' . 

With Sincere Thanks, 

Francine Carter 

cc: City and County of San Francisco, Willie L. Brown, Jr., Mayor 
Department of Corporation, Warren Barnes, Supervising Counsel 
Stanford Health Services, Oncology Department, Harlan A. Pinto, M.D* 
Stanford Health Services, Pain Clinic, FJaymond Gaeta, M.D. 




League of California Cities 



www.cacities.org 



Better Cities -A Better Life 



April 25, 2000 



Lonie A. Kalos, Assistant Deputy Chief 

City of San Francisco 

698 Second Street, Room 313 

San Francisco, CA 94107-2015 

Re: Results of the Screening Juries Selections 

Category: Public Safety 

Entry: San Francisco Fire Department Youth Fire Cadet Program 

Dear Lorrie: 

The 2000 California Cities Helen Putnam Award for Excellence screening juries have just 
completed the very difficult task of evaluating 249 applications received this year in eleven 
categories. Each nomination submitted shows that California's cities have strong leadership; are 
well managed; and, are responsive to changing community needs. You should be proud of your 
accomplishments ! 

The screening juries, which consisted of city officials from each of the respective League policy 
committees, were most impressed with the caliber of the applications. 

While your city's application was not selected as one of the finalists, your application and the 
program you have accomplished are a tribute to you and to the city's leadership. 

On behalf of the League of California Cities we are pleased to present you with the enclosed 
certificate. Thank you for your participation in the 2000 Award for Excellence Program and we 
encourage you to submit an application in 2001 . 



Sincerely, ,, / 




Clark Goecker 

Assistant Director For Corporate Programs 



Enclosures: List of Applications by Category 
Certificate 



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William L. Lee, City Manager 



Conference Registration Office 
Post Office Box 1519 
Lafayette, CA 94549 

925.283.2113 
FAX 925.283.7833 



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1400 K Street 

Sacramento, CA 95814 

916.658.8200 

FAX 916.658.8240 



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Dear Mr. Martin, 

On Tuesday, March 28, 2000 Mr. Scott Keller and his team from Firehouse # 3 assisted 
us with our flight LH 454 from Frankfurt. 

We had been informed by our Budapest office that an inbound passenger would only 
require a wheelchair to disembark. When the aircraft was on the gate, the passenger 
arrived on a stretcher and it was determined that he would require a "gurney" to be taken 
off the aircraft. 

Due to our short turnaround time we had no choice but to call the paramedics. 
Mr. Keller and his team responded. The passenger was carried out of the aircraft by a 
stretcher/gumey. What made this incident more complicated was that the passenger 
had to be transferred to an Alaska Airlines flight to Portland. No stretcher had been 
installed on that flight Mr. Keller and his team helped in transferring the passenger to 
their connection flight and to sit the passenger on the awaiting aircraft. The passenger 
then flew in a first-class seat onto his final destination. 

Mr. Keller and his team remained focused during the entire situation. This helped us 
greatly to get the passenger off our aircraft and onto the connecting flight in a timely 
manner. For this we want to thank Mr. Keller and his team. We regret any 
inconvenience that this incident might have caused. 



Very truly yours, 

Lufthansa German Airlines 
San Francisco 




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San Francisco Fire Department 
698 2nd ST. 
San Francisco, CA. 94107-2015 



April 25, 2000 

Dear Cheif Demmons, 

I attended and finished the NERT class on April 13, 2000. The classes were informative, fun and well 
presented by members of the S.F. Fire Department. 

After completion of my training, I attended the NERT drill at Marina Middle School, on April 15, 2000. 
The drill was well organized but we did n't get the opportunity to use fire extinguishers or do cribbing with levers 
& fulcrums. Maybe in our next drill in October these exercises can be included. 

In the future I intend to recruit as many people as I can. I also hope to become our neighborhood 
coordinator. 




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Chicago Barber Shop 



FIRE COMMISSION 

City and County of San Francisco 



Hadley Roff, President 
Stephen Nakajo, Vice President 
Pat Norman, Commissioner 
Russell Roeca, Commissioner 
Ted Soulis, Commissioner 

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698 Second Street 

San Francisco CA 94107 

Telephone 415.558.3451 

Fax 415.558.3413 

Tania Bauer, Secretary 



No. 00-13 



.MINUTES OF THE FIRE COMMISSION 

Regular Meeting - Thursday -JVlay 25, 2000 - 6:00 p.m. 

698 Second Street Room 102 



Item 
No. 



ON ROLL CALL, the following were noted present: 

President Hadley Roff 
Vice President Stephen A. Nakajo 
Commissioner Pat Norman 
Commissioner Russell S. Roeca 

Commissioner Ted N. Soulis was excused for business reasons. 



Paul J. Tabacco 
Joseph C. Asaro 



Acting Chief of Department 
Deputy Chief, Administration 



Assistant Deputy Chiefs - Staff : 

Lorrie A. Kalos Management Services 



Ray Balzarini 
Joanne Hayes-White 
Gary P. Massetani 



Division of Airports 
Division of Training 
Fire Prevention 



Chief Officers - Firefiqhtinq Services 

Robert G. Boudoures 
Frank Cercos 
Arthur W. Kenney 



DOCUMENTS DEPT. 

Jt, N - 5 2000 

SAN FRANCISCO 
PUBLIC LIBRARY 



Division 1 (Acting) 
Division 2 
Division 3 



2. APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES 

Minutes of the Regular Meeting of May 1 1 , 2000 were not ready for adoption. 

Note : Minutes of the Regular Meetings of April 27, May 11 and 25, 2000, and the Special 
Hearing of April 13, 2000, will be approved at the meeting of June 8, 2000. 

3. CONSENT CALENDAR 

All matters listed hereunder (Items A through G) constitute a Consent Calendar, were 
considered to be routine by the Fire Commission, and were acted upon by a single roll-call 
vote of the Commission. 



Fire Commission Minutes 

May 25, 2000 Regular Meeting 

Page 2 of 6 

A. Monthly Reports 

Division of Fire Prevention & Investigation 

Submitting monthly report from Division of Fire Prevention & Investigation concerning 
activities performed during April, 2000. 

Physician's Report 

Submitting biweekly report of Fire Department Physician concerning disability injuries, 
April 15 through April 28, 2000. 

B. Appointments 

Reporting the following PROVISIONAL appointment effective MAY 10, 2000: 
H40 Battalion Chief 

Jimmie Braden (vice: per settlement) 

Reporting the following PERMANENT appointment effective FEBRUARY 6, 2000: 
H3 Firefighter/Paramedic 
Darren K. Bortmas 

Reporting the following PERMANENT appointments effective MAY 14, 2000: 

H2 Firefighter 

Nancy Barsotti Anson S. Wu 

Lisa Holdcroft Richard D. Untalan 

Rachel A. Marcic Kristen T. Cottonreader 

Kim H. Wilson Megan C. Franzen 

Kevin W. Garry Rita L. Kearns 

Jason T. Mishler Sig Wallen 

Sean E. Visser Darryl F. Brewster 

Ramon Simon Jorge A. Plata 

Catherine A. Emmons Deryk C. Lee 

Scott V. Hua Shane Murphy 

Temporary Appointments 

Reporting having made 295 temporary appointments April 15 through April 28, 2000. 

C. Retirement 

Communication received from Retirement Board indicating the following member has retired: 
Name Rank Type of Retirement Retirement Date 

Hansen, Jerry E. H20 Lieutenant Service May 17, 2000 

(Retirement Certificate will be presented at Fire Commission meeting of June 22, 2000) 

D. Military Leaves 

Submitting for approval applications from two members for Military Leaves of Absence with 
pay, in order to comply with Military Orders received from their commanding officers: 

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Fire Commission Minutes 

May 25, 2Q00 Regular Meeting 

Page 3 of 6 




Rank 


Dates 


Days 


Military Organization 


Purpose 


Meneses, Ferdinand 
Sgt. E-5 


H2 
FF 


05-06-00 
05-07-00 


2 


US Army Res. 
Oakland, CA 


Attend Inactive 
Duty Training 


Simon, Ramon 
Sgt. E-5 


H2 
FF 


06-04-00 
06-05-00 


2 


US Army Res. 
Oakland, CA 


Attend Inactive 
Duty Training 



E. Leaves of Absence 

Submitting requests for leaves of absence with pay for the following: 

Firefighter/Paramedic Stuart Sprung, for ten days, May 13 through 22, 2000, in order to be 
deployed to the Ukraine for a joint National Guard and Disaster Medical Assistance Team 
training exercise and relief mission. Transportation and lodging will be provided through the 
NATO State Partnership for Peace program. Firefighter/Paramedic Sprung will require 
scheduling modifications for his orientation. 

Michael Taylor, Director, MIS, for two days, May 18 and 19, 2000, in order to attend the 
National Fire Information Council (NFIC) Spring Conference in Orlando, Florida. 
Transportation, lodging and registration will be funded by NFIC. Mr. Taylor will not be 
replaced. 

F. Accidents 

Submitting reports and recommendations of the Accident Review Committee regarding the 
following accidents: 



Accident 
No. 



Date 



Serial 
No. 



Category 



Recommendation 



Truck 1 99-0-196 03-23-00 624 A 

Off: T/Lt. Robert Winslow; Drv: FF Thomas Rey; Tin FF Stephan Gregory 

Cause: Misjudged clearance - While backing into quarters, Trk 1 struck side 
of bay; spotters were posted 



File 



Medic 7 99-0-197 

Drv: FF/PM Michael Menefee 



03-26-00 



734 



Cause: Misjudged clearance - Medic 7 was responding to an incident and, 
while passing a double parked car, struck mirror of civilian vehicle 



File 



Medic 41 99-0-198 03-27-00 708 C 

Drv: FF/PM Alan Freebury 

Cause: Medic 41 , while pulling out of a parking space, was struck by a 
vehicle which was in Medic 41's blind spot 

Truck 10 99-0-199 03-29-00 613 A 

Off: T/Lt. Michael Patt; Drv: FF John Duesing; Tlr: FF Mark Macias 

Cause: While Trk 10 was backing into quarters, driver's foot slipped off 
brake and hit accelerator causing Trk 10 to strike station bumper 
guard; spotters were posted 



File 



File 



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May 25, 2000 Regular Meeting 

Page 4 of 6 



B.F.P. 
Drv: 



99-0-200 03-29-00 



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B 



File 



Cause: Hit and run - While parked, department vehicle was hit by civilian 
auto which left scene 



Headquarters 99-0-201 

Off: Lt. Edward Campbell 



03-30-00 



309 



File 



Cause: Misjudged clearance - While parallel parking on the left side curb, 
department vehicle came in contact with civilian auto making right 
turn around corner 



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Medic 8 99-0-202 03-31-00 

Drv: FR Paramedic David Egdal 

Cause: Medic 8 was responding with red lights and siren and, while 
proceeding through an intersection with the green light, was 
struck by a civilian vehicle 

Engine 41 99-0-203 03-31-00 536 B 

Off: Capt. David Sullivan; Drv: FF Joseph Sorensen 

Cause: While stopped in traffic, Eng 41 was struck by civilian vehicle 
backing up 

. Category A - An accident which has occurred because of inattention to vehicle operator's and/or officer's 
responsibilities or because of misjudgment of clearance in operating apparatus near stationary objects. 
Category B - An accident in which fire department personnel exercised reasonable judgment and precautions, 
exhibited good apparatus operator's and officer's skills and observed all state, local and fire department 
statutes, ordinances and rules. 

Category C - An accident which has occurred because of apparatus operator's misjudgment of clearance, 
deficiency in defensive driving technigues, or failure to anticipate other vehicle's movements. 

G. Unlitigated Claims 

Submitting report from City Attorney's Office on unlitigated claims for April 2000: 

Name of Claimant 



Somchai Lee 
Sofya Dravta 
Sequoia Financial 
Matthew Fior 
John Dietzen 
Salvacion Cajayon 
Ward Supplee 
Frederic Carver 



Claim Amount Filed/Paid 

$6,104.00/3,575.00 

500.00 

628.34/ 628.34 

928.12/ 928.12 

889.73/ 889.73 

1,686.88/1,664.88 

1,042.25/1,042.25 

2,121.39/ 567.00 



Accident Number/Category/Unit 

99-0-005 (A) Eng 19 
99-0-1 00A(C) Medic 36 
99-0-100 A (C) Medic 36 
99-0-088 (C) Medic 5 
99-0-098 (C) DOT 
99-0-127 (A) Eng 32 
99-0-168 (A) Trk6 
property damage 



Date of Accident 

07-04-99 
10-20-99 
10-20-99 
10-29-99 
11-12-99 
12-21-99 
02-05-00 
01-13-00 



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May 25, 2000 Regular Meeting 

Page 5 of 6 

Commissioner Roeca moved and Commissioner Norman seconded. There were no 
questions or discussion and Items A through G on the Consent Calendar were approved or 
ordered filed as appropriate. 

4. REGULAR CALENDAR -NEW BUSINESS 

A. Letters of Commendation 

Submitted three letters commending members of the Department for response to requests 
for assistance, emergencies, or training. 

President Roff directed that these letters be acknowledged and incorporated in the minutes 
of today's meeting. 

B. Chief of Department's Monthly Report 

Submitted monthly report from Chief of Department on monthly status of department 
personnel, equipment and apparatus for April, 2000. 

Vice President Nakajo moved and Commissioner Roeca seconded. There were no 
questions or discussion and the monthly report of Chief of Department was approved. 

C. Formal Complaint 

Submitted formal complaint against Lieutenant Michael Castagnola, dated May 16, 2000, for 
violation of the Rules and Regulations as follows: 

Section 3905 - Unfamiliarity with Rules 
Section 3806 - Sick and Disability Rule 
Section 4008 - False Testimony 

D. Formal Complaint 

Submitted formal complaint against Chiefs Aide Horacio Candia, dated May 16, 2000, for 
violation of the Rules and Regulations as follows: 

Section 3912 - Intoxicants/Drugs 

Substance Policy - Employee Refusal for Drug Test 

Any refusal to be tested will be considered an admission to the use of an 
illegal/controlled substance and/or being under the influence or consuming 
alcohol on duty. Upon refusal the member will be immediately suspended 
or recommended for termination. 

Deputy City Attorney John Cooper advised President Roff that the June 22, 2000 date, for 
which both hearings (Items 4C and 4D) were scheduled, was beyond the 30-day limit. Mr. 
Cooper explained that the Charter requires that the trial and hearing take place within 30 
days of the date of the formal complaint filed with the Commission. He recommended that 
the Commission move the date for the hearing to the next Commission meeting and 
authorize the Secretary to set a date with the parties and their counsel. 

President Roff directed the Secretary to inform Lieutenant Michael Castagnola and Chiefs 
Aide Horacio Candia that the trial and hearing will be held June 8, 2000, at 6:00 p.m. 



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E. Public Comment 



President Roff wished to congratulate the department on the approval by the Finance 
Committee of its full supplemental budget request, which included funding for personal 
protective equipment, overtime and disability. The presentation was made by Paul Tabacco, 
Deputy Chief of Operations, and Debra Ward, Chief Financial Officer, with the assistance of 
members of the command staff. 

F. Adjournment 

There being no further business to come before the Commission, the meeting was 
adjourned at 6:10 p.m. 



Tania Bauer 
Secretary 



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City and County of San Francisco 



Department of Human Services 




Will Ughtboume 
Executive Director 

Deputy Directors 

Bill Bettencourt 

Jim Buick 

Sally Kipper 



May 5, 2000 



Fire Chief Robert Demmons 
San Francisco Fire Department 
698 Second Street 
San Francisco, California 94107 



Dear Fire Chief Demmons: 



On behalf of the Department of Human Services, we would like to express our sincere thanks for 
your participation in our 2000 Take Your Daughters To Work Day. 

According to all of the feedback we have received from the girls who attended, their sponsors, 
workers, and other observers, the event was a huge success. The girls were very excited about all 
of the events and exhibits, they were interested and engaged, and many of them were heard 
saying they were anxious to return next year! None of this could have happened without your 
generous contribution of energy, creativity, and commitment to the event. 

Again, thank you for your contribution and support to this important event. 

Sincerely, 

Magaly Fernandez 

and The Committee for Take Your Daughter to Work Day 



(415) 557-5000 



P.O. Box 7988 



San Francisco, California 94120 



City and County of San Francisco 



Department of Human Services 




Will Lightbourne 
Executive Director 

Deputy Directors 

Bill Bettencourt 

Jim Buick 

Sally Kipper 



May 5, 2000 



Lieutenant Nicole Juratovac 
San Francisco Fire Department 
698 Second Street 
San Francisco, California 94107 



Dear Lieutenant Juratovac: 

On behalf of the Department of Human Services, we would like to express our sincere thanks for 
your participation in our 2000 Take Your Daughters To Work Day. 

According to all of the feedback we have received from the girls who attended, their sponsors, 
workers, and other observers, the event was a huge success. The girls were very excited about all 
of the events and exhibits, they were interested and engaged, and many of them were heard 
saying they were anxious to return next year! None of this could have happened without your 
generous contribution of energy, creativity, and commitment to the event. 

Again, thank you for your contribution and support to this important event. 

Sincerely, 

Magaly Fernandez 

and The Committee for Take Your Daughter to Work Day 



115) 557-5000 



P.O. Box 7988 



San Francisco, California 94120 






SAINT IGNATIUS COLLEGE PREPARATORY 

2001 -37th Avenue 

San Francisco, California 941 16 

(415)731-7500 



Counseling 



May 10, 2000 



Mr. Robert Demmons, Chief 
San Francisco Fire Department 
260 Golden Gate Avenue 
San Francisco, CA 94102 



Dear Chief Demmons, 

On behalf of the St. Ignatius Community I want to express my thanks for the participation of 
Engine 18 and Engine 23 of the San Francisco Fire Department in the "Car Wreck Event" held at 
our campus on April 17, 2000. 

The participation of the Fire Department helped to reinforce the message we tried to deliver to our 
students through this event. 

I know you are aware of the extent and danger of teenage drinking today. I feel whatever we can 
do to dissuade substance abuse of any kind will not only help the students individually, but the 
community as a whole. 

The feedback from our students has been positive and I appreciate your cooperation in helping us 
to make the demonstration so successful. 

I look forward to working with you in the future. A copy of this letter is enclosed for your use. 

Sincerely yours, // 




"\ft!&U< 



Michael Thomas 

Department Chair and 

"Car Wreck Event" Coordinator 

Enclosure 



EDUCATING THE YOUTH OF THE BAY AREA SINCE 1 855 



May 4, 2000 



Chief Robert L. Demmons 
San Francisco Fire Department 
698 2nd Street 
San Francisco, CA 94107-2015 



Dear Chief Demmons, 

I recently completed the San Francisco Fire Department's Neighborhood 
Emergency Response Team Training and participated in the City-Wide NERT Drill 
this April. These were some of the best civic experiences I have ever had. The SF 
Fire Department trainers were competent and responsive, and I feel much more 
confidence in my abilities to be of service in the event of a city-wide disaster. 
Thank you for continuing to support this important city resource. 

Sincerely, 



Theresa Montini 

730 Leavenworth St. #6 

San Francisco, CA 94109 






/b/oo 



Hadley Roff, President 
Stephen Nakajo, Vice President 
Pat Norman, Commissioner 
Russell Roeca, Commissioner 
Ted Soulis, Commissioner 



JIRE COMMISSION 

City and County of San Francisco 




698 Second Street 

San Francisco CA 94107 

Telephone 415.558.3451 

Fax 415.558.3413 

Tania Bauer, Secretary 



No. 00-15 



FIRE COMMISSION REGULAR MEETING 

Thursday, June 8, 2000 - 6:00 p.m. 

698 Second Street, Room 102 



DOCUMENTS DEPT. 

■MN f 9 2000 

SAN FRANCISCO 
PUBLIC LIBRARY 



Item 
No. 



1. On ROLL CALL, the following Commissioners were noted present: 
President Hadley R. Roff 



Vice President 



Stephen A. Nakajo 



Commissioner Pat Norman was detained at the Los Angeles Airport. Commissioner Russell 
Roeca was excused for business reasons. Commissioner Ted Soulis was on vacation. 

Since a quorum could not be achieved, President Roff designated the meeting as 
informational only. 

4.C. Formal Complaint 

Submitting formal complaint against Lieutenant Michael Castagnola, dated May 16, 2000, 
for violation of the Rules and Regulations as follows: 

Section 3905 - Unfamiliarity with Rules 
Section 3806 - Sick and Disability Rule 
Section 4008 - False Testimony 

President Roff appointed Commissioner Norman as the hearing officer. The hearing will 
commence on August 24, 2000, at 4:00 p.m. At that time, Commissioner Norman will set the 
schedule and hear arguments to determine scope of hearing. Schedules and submission of 
briefs will be arranged through the Secretary. 

4.D. Formal Complaint 

Submitting formal complaint against Chiefs Aide Horacio Candia, dated May 16, 2000, for 
violation of the Rules and Regulations as follows: 

Section 3912 - Intoxicants/Drugs 

Substance Policy - Employee Refusal for Drug Test 

Any refusal to be tested will be considered an admission to the use of an 
illegal/controlled substance and/or being under the influence or consuming 
alcohol on duty. Upon refusal the member will be immediately suspended or 
recommended for termination. 



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President Roff appointed Commissioner Roeca as the hearing officer. The hearing will 
commence on July 13, 2000, at 4:00 p.m. At that time, Commissioner Roeca will set the 
schedule and hear arguments to determine scope of hearing. Schedules and submission of 
briefs will be arranged through the Secretary. 

4.E. Communications Received by Commission 

Eight communications were received by the Commission from April 21, 2000 through May 
31,2000. 

G. Adjournment 

The informational meeting was adjourned at 6:20 p.m. 



Tania Bauer 
Secretary 



50 
3 

Hadley Roff, President 
Stephen Nakajo, Vice President 
Pat Norman, Commissioner 
Russell Roeca, Commissioner 
Ted Soulis, Commissioner 



FIRE COMMISSION 

City and County of San Francisco 




698 Second Street 

San Francisco CA 94107 

Telephone 415.558.3451 

Fax 415.558.3413 

Tania Bauer, Secretary 



No. 00-17 



MINUTES OF THE FIRE COMMISSION 

Regular Meeting - Thursday -June 22, 2000 - 6:00 p.m. 

698 Second Street, Room 102 



Item 
No. 



ON ROLL CALL, the following were noted present: 

President Hadley Roff 
Vice President Stephen A. Nakajo 
Commissioner Pat Norman 
Commissioner Russell S. Roeca 

Commissioner Ted N. Soulis was absent. 

Robert L Demmons Chief of Department 

Paul J. Tabacco Deputy Chief, Operations 

Joseph C. Asaro Deputy Chief, Administration 

Assistant Deputy Chiefs - Staff : 



DOCUMENTS DEPT. 

JUL 1 2000 

SAN FRANCISCO 
PUBLIC LIBRARY 



Joanne Hayes-White 
Daniel A. Sullivan 

Chief Officers - Staff: 



Division of Training 
Support Services 



Richard C. Shortall Emergency Medical Services 

Chief Officers - Firefiqhtinq Services : 



Bernie F. Lee 
Richard D. Bracco 
Aaron C. Stevenson 

2. APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES 



Division 1 
Division 2 (Acting) 
Division 3 



Regular Meetings of April 27, May 1 1 and May 25, 2000, the Special Hearing of 
April 13, 2000, and the Special Meetings of April 12 and May 3, 2000. 

Commissioner Roeca moved and Vice President Nakajo seconded. There were no questions or 
discussion and the minutes were approved as amended. 



Fire Commission Minutes 

June 22, 2000 Regular Meeting 

Page 2 of 11 

A. Monthly Reports 

Division of Training 

Submitting monthly report from Division of Training concerning activities performed during 
May 2000. 

Division of Management Services 

Submitting monthly reports from Division of Management Services concerning activities 
performed during April and May, 2000. 

Physician's Reports 

Submitting biweekly reports of Fire Department Physician concerning disability injuries, 
April 29 through May 12, 2000, and May 13 through May 26, 2000. 

B. Appointments 

Reporting the following PROBATIONARY appointments effective JUNE 10, 2000: 

H3 Firefighter/Paramedic 

Daniel Casey 
Beth Goudreau 
Fred Salan 
Rachael Atchison 

(Note : The above four H3 Firefighter/Paramedics are appointed vice self. 
They are currently H2 Firefighters) 

John Wilkosz Scott McGehee 

Uwe Blesching John Christy 

Matthew Monroe David Drabble 

Thomas VanDerRee David Dung 

Daniel Verhage Terry Fitzsimmons 

Robert Weaver Lawrence Ho 

Anthony Valerio Daniel Fleming 

Jesse VanBuskirk David Floersch 

Richard Trezevant Willie Humphrey 

Anthony Taormina Thomas Jaquysh 

Terry Stanford Frank McMahan 

James Spaelti Mikael Bayless 

Sahir Putrus Robert Belot 

Paul Piancone Frederick Binkley 

Mark Nicholas Marco Carniglia 
Peter Leonard 

(Note : The above 31 H3 Firefighter/Paramedics are appointed vice self. 
They are currently H1 Fire Rescue Paramedics) 

Reporting the following PROBATIONARY appointment effective JUNE 17, 2000: 
H3 Firefighter/Paramedic 

Russell Zimmerman (vice: self, from H1 to H3) 



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Page 3 of 11 

Reporting the following PERMANENT appointment effective MAY 10, 2000: 

2328 Nurse Practitioner 

Colleen Bales 

( Note : Colleen Bales was appointed PROVISIONAL 2328 Nurse Practitioner, effective 05-10-99. 
She was certified 01-22-00) 

Reporting the following PROBATIONARY appointment effective MAY 29, 2000: 
1446 Secretary II 

Cecile Soliai (vice: Arietta Branchcomb, resigned) 

Reporting the following PROBATIONARY appointment effective JUNE 5, 2000: 
1446 Secretary II 

Maria Mersai-Press (vice: Evamarie Atijera, apptd. 1450 Exec. Secty. I) 
(Note : Maria Mersai-Press was appointed PROVISIONAL 1446 Secretary II, effective 05-29-00) 

Reporting the following PROVISIONAL appointment effective MAY 29, 2000: 
7334 Stationary Engineer 

Ronnie Medina (vice: from Temporary Exempt) 

Temporary Appointments 

Reporting having made 239 temporary appointments April 29 through May 12, 2000, and 
245 temporary appointments May 13 through May 26, 2000. 

C. Military Leaves 

Submitting for approval applications from two members for Military Leaves of Absence with 
pay, in order to comply with Military Orders received from their commanding officers: 





Rank 


Dates 


Days 


Military Organization 


Purpose 


Donnelly, Mark 
E-9 


H30 
CAPT 


06-16-00 

thru 
07-04-00 


12 


US Air Force Res. 
Travis AFB, CA 


Attend Active 
Duty Training 


Gadbois, Christian 
Sgt. 


H3 

FF/PM 


05-13-00 

thru 
05-25-00 


8 


CA Army Nat'l Gd. 
Sacto, CA 


Attend Active 
Duty Training 


D. Suspension 












Reporting suspension of the following: 









H40 Battalion Chief, Richard Bracco, Battalion 2, for two days, June 4 and 5, 1999, for 
violation of Section 3926 of the Rules and Regulations (Tardiness and Failure to Report). 

H10 T/Chiefs Aide Frank Cuffe, Battalion 3, for two days, December 12 and 13, 1998, for 
violation of Section 3926 of the Rules and Regulations (Tardiness and Failure to Report). 



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H2 Firefighter Christopher Curto, Engine 7, for the following: 

two days, December 23 and 24, 1998, and 
two days, May 22 and 23, 2000 

for violation of Section 3926 of the Rules and Regulations (Tardiness and Failure to Report). 

H2 Firefighter Charles Hallgren, Truck 10, for six work days, June 18/19, 21/22, 24/25, 
2000, for violation of the Rules and Regulations as follows: 

Section 3911 -Altercations 

Section 3915 - Proper Behavior 

Section 3924 - Insubordination 

H3 Firefighter/Paramedic Eric Roach, Medic 5, for two days, June 9 and 10, 2000, for 
violation of Section 3926 of the Rules and Regulations (Tardiness and Failure to Report). 

H1 Fire Rescue Paramedic Chris Posey, Vacation Relief, for two days, May 16 and 17, 
1999, for violation of Section 3926 of the Rules and Regulations (Tardiness and Failure to 
Report). 

H1 Fire Rescue Paramedic Cari Pouchnik, Medic 36, for two days, December 30 and 31, 
1999, for violation of Section 3926 of the Rules and Regulations (Tardiness and Failure to 
Report). 

E. Accidents 

Submitting reports and recommendations of the Accident Review Committee regarding the 
following accidents: 

Accident Serial 

No. Date No. Category Recommendation 

N.E.R.T. 99-0-204 03-03-00 372 C File 

Off: Lt. Patricia Yuen 

Cause: Misjudged clearance - While changing lanes, department vehicle 
struck right rear fender of civilian vehicle 

Medic 12 99-0-205 04-02-00 731 A File 

Drv: FF/PM Ronald Johansen 

Cause: Misjudged clearance - Medic 12 was transporting patient and, 
while making a U-turn, clipped a parked vehicle 

Engine 36 99-0-206 04-03-00 514 B File 

Off: Lt. Jerry Scullion; Drv: FF Shane Francisco 

Cause: Eng 36 was parked and, while driver was re-entering, the door 
of Eng 36 accidentally struck parked civilian vehicle 

Engine 37 99-0-207 04-07-00 596 B File 

Off: Lt. Manuel Vasquez; Drv: FF Edward Londono 

Cause: Eng 37 was turning left onto 19 th Street; at the same time a 

motorcycle was passing a double parked garbage truck at the 
intersection; driver of motorcycle moved forward, and stated 
that Eng 37 hit him 



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EMSRC2 99-0-208 04-08-00 915 C File 

Off: T/Paramedic Captain Salvatore Taormina 

Cause: Misjudged clearance - RC 2, while travelling in stop-and-go traffic, 
lightly struck stopped civilian vehicle in front of RC 2 

Engine 48 99-0-209 04-13-00 502 A File 

Off: Lt William DeMattei; Drv: FF Alphonso Howard 

Cause: Open compartment door - While exiting quarters, open 

compartment door of Eng 48 struck apparatus door railing 
causing damage to the door track and the compartment door 

Medic 9 99-0-210 04-14-00 725 C File 

Drv: FR Paramedic Debra Tanis 

Cause: Misjudged clearance - Medic 9, while making a U-turn, lightly 
struck a civilian vehicle 

ResAmb32 99-0-211 04-15-00 715 A File 

Drv: FF Natalie Hernandez 

Cause: Misjudged clearance - ResAmb 32, while parking in front of 

Station 32, struck overhanging tree branch damaging right rear 
marker light 

Medic 18 99-0-212 04-16-00 717 B Bill 

Drv: FF/PM Ronald Johansen 

Cause: Medic 18, while making a U-turn, was struck by a civilian vehicle 

Division 2 99-0-213 04-17-00 207 A File 

Off: T/AC Richard Bracco; Drv: C/A Melinda Talmadge 

Cause: Misjudged clearance - Div 2, while backing out of driveway, struck 
left rear bumper of civilian vehicle 

SFFD Museum 99-0-214 04-18-00 A File 

Drv: FF Colin Mackenzie 

Cause: Misjudged clearance - While backing up apparatus, driver struck 
vehicle that had double parked behind apparatus 

Rescue 1 99-0-215 04-19-00 869 A File 

Off: Lt. Patrick Gardner; Drv: FF Frank Puccetti 

Cause: Misjudged clearance - While exiting station in response to a 
medical call, Res 1 struck cement base of apparatus door 

D.O.T. 99-0-216 04-19-00 799 A File 

Off: Lt. Ethan Banford 

Cause: Misjudged clearance - While pulling out of a parking space, 
DOT van struck a parked vehicle; no spotters were posted 

Engine 13 99-0-217 04-20-00 524 B File 

Off: T/Lt. David Russell; Drv: FF Anthony Branchcomb 



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Cause: Misjudged clearance - While parked to investigate an alarm, 
Eng 13 was struck by a cab making a right turn 

Medic 3 99-0-218 04-20-00 735 A File 

Drv: FF Tracy Courtney 

Cause: Misjudged clearance - Medic 3, while pulling over to the right to 
park, grazed the tire of a parked vehicle 

Engine 21 99-0-219 04-21-00 526 C File 

Off: T/Lt. Robert Blackburn; Drv: FF Trace McCulloch 

Cause: Misjudged clearance - Eng 21, while changing lanes, lightly 
grazed a vehicle that was in Eng 21 's blind spot 

Truck 13 99-0-220 04-30-00 621 A File 

Off: T/Lt. Kerby Lau; Drv: FF Anthony Branchcomb; Tlr: FF Allen Wu 

Cause: Misjudged clearance - Trk 13, while backing into quarters, struck 
the stanchion in the station; spotters were posted 

Engine 43 99-0-221 05-02-00 505 B Bill 

Off: Lt. Gilbert Cortez; Drv: FF Dustin Novo 

Cause: Misjudged clearance - Eng 43, while parked, was struck by a 
passing civilian vehicle 

Engine 39 99-0-222 05-04-00 592 A File 

Off: Lt. David Dryden; Drv: FF Larry Abella 

Cause: Misjudged clearance - Eng 39, while turning left into driveway of 
incident building, lightly struck a parked civilian vehicle 

Medic 8 99-0-223 05-05-00 724 B Bill 

Drv: FRP Karl Jurgenson 

Cause: Medic 8 was responding to a motorcycle incident and, while 
making a left turn, was struck by a civilian vehicle which was 
also making a left turn 

Engine 16 99-0-224 05-06-00 133 A File 

Off: T/Capt. Donald Frediani; Drv: FF Michael Cotton 

Cause: Misjudged clearance - Eng 16 was responding to a medical call 
and, while making a right turn, struck a parked vehicle 

Engine 39 99-0-225 05-07-00 592 B File 

Off: T/Capt. Thomas Murray; Drv: FF Kevin Garry 

Cause: While Eng 39 was attempting to make a tight turn on a narrow 
street, the left rear tailboard of Eng 39 struck the curb causing 
damage to the diamond plate 

Engine 17 99-0-226 05-09-00 534 A File 

Off: Lt. John Beckerley; Drv: FF John Chung 



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Cause: Misjudged clearance - Eng 17 was responding to a medical call 
and, while moving closer to the curb to locate the street address, 
struck a parked civilian vehicle 

Engine 40 99-0-227 05-09-00 507 A File 

Off: Capt Khairul Ali; Drv: FF Cynthia Rickert 

Cause: While Eng 40 was backing into quarters, the multiversal of 
Eng 40 struck the lower panel of the apparatus door; 
spotters were posted 

Engine 36 99-0-228 05-12-00 514 C File 

Off: Capt. Kevin Burke; Drv: Kevin Kramer 

Cause: Misjudged clearance - Eng 36, while responding, struck the 
mirror of a passing civilian vehicle 

Category A - An accident which has occurred because of inattention to vehicle operator's and/or officer's 
responsibilities or because of misjudgment of clearance in operating apparatus near stationary objects. 
Category B - An accident in which fire department personnel exercised reasonable judgment and precautions, 
exhibited good apparatus operator's and officer's skills and observed all state, local and fire department 
statutes, ordinances and rules. 

Category C - An accident which has occurred because of apparatus operator's misjudgment of clearance, 
deficiency in defensive driving techniques, or failure to anticipate other vehicle's movements. 

F. Unlitigated Claims 

Submitting report from City Attorney's Office on unlitigated claims for May 2000: 



Name of Claimant 

Hui Sun Lei 
Pamela Brown 
Chesapeake Systems 
Rosalee Verrett 
Rolando Aguilar 
Denise Newman 
Michael Calica 
Roland Lagomarsino 
Manuel Quinn 
Noel Fletcher 



Claim Amount Filed/Paid 

$ 0.00/1,202.67 

3,531.12/3,531.12 

975.20/ 975.20 

676.99/ 676.99 

937.03/ 937.03 

2,299.56/ 154.85 

1,982.45/1,982.45 

823.00/ 823.00 

4,720.00/4,720,00 

1.096.96/ 990.44 



Accident Number/Category/Unit 

98-9-088 (A) Eng 1 
99-0-007 (A) Eng 6 
99-0-0 19A (A) Engl 
99-0-081 (A) EMSRC2 
99-0-113 (A) Eng 43 
99-0-136 (A) Trk12 



Date of Accident 

10-31-98 
07-05-99 
07-20-99 
10-22-99 
12-05-99 



01-03-00 

99-0-167 (C) Toy Program 11-24-99 
property damage 05-21-99 

property damage 12-27-99 

property damage 04-01-00 



Commissioner Norman moved and Commissioner Roeca seconded. There were no 
questions or discussion and Items A through F on the Consent Calendar were approved or 
ordered filed as appropriate. 



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4. REGULAR CALENDAR -NEW BUSINESS 



A. Letters of Commendation 

Submitted 20 letters commending members of the Department for response to requests for 
assistance, emergencies, or training. 

President Roff directed that these letters be acknowledged and incorporated in the minutes 
of today's meeting. 

B. Chief of Department's Monthly Report 

Submitted monthly report from Chief of Department on monthly status of department 
personnel, equipment and apparatus for May 2000. 

Commissioner Roeca moved and Vice President Nakajo seconded. 

John Darmanin asked for clarification of the request to receive a copy of the Chief's Monthly 
Report. The Secretary responded that a separate request is necessary for each report. 
Requests via Email are accepted. 

There were no further questions or discussion and the monthly report of Chief of 
Department was approved. 

C. Meritorious Awards 

Submitted for approval recommendations of Merit Advisory Board and Chief of Department 
for meritorious actions performed by Officers and Members of the Department, and Civilians, 
from October 1999 through March 2000: 

Recipient 

a. Uniformed Members 

James M. Coyne 
John I. Dobshinsky 
Albert C. Horn 
Robert J. Vigil 

Anthony D. Yee 

Britton L. Smith 
Frank Puccetti 

Michael D. Patt 
Kevin F. Callanan 
Wayne A. Martin 
Rafael Gordon 

Jerry Chiang 
Stephen J. Smith 
Felix T. Duag 
Chuteh M. Kotake 
Janet L. Brock 



Rank/Company 


Date 


Award 


T/CAPT 


Truck 7 


10-03-99 


Unit Citation 


FF 


Truck 7 


10-03-99 


Unit Citation 


FF 


Truck 7 


10-03-99 


Unit Citation 


FF 


Truck 7 


10-03-99 


Unit Citation 


FF 


Medic 18 


02-14-00 


Class "C" 


FF 


Rescue 1 


03-09-00 


Class "C" 


FF 


Rescue 1 


03-09-00 


Cert, of Com 


T/LT 


Truck 6 


03-20-00 


Ltr. of Com. 


FF 


Truck 6 


03-20-00 


Ltr. of Com. 


FF 


Engine 6 


03-20-00 


Ltr. of Com. 


Fire Res P/M 


Medic 2 


03-20-00 


Ltr. of Com. 


FF 


Rescue 1 


03-26-00 


Class "C" 


LT 


Rescue 1 


03-26-00 


Ltr. of Com. 


FF 


Rescue 1 


03-26-00 


Ltr. of Com. 


FF 


Engine 32 


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Arnoldo Gomez 02-14-00 Cert, of Com. 

Esteban Burchard, M.D. 02-14-00 Cert, of Com. 

Commissioner Roeca moved and Commissioner Norman seconded. 

Vice President Roff wished to acknowledge the individual accounts of heroism, selflessness, 
and dedication, which once again illustrated the high performance and high standards of the 
Fire Department. He extended the Commission's congratulations to each firefighter and to 
the two civilians. 

There were no further questions or discussion and the meritorious awards were approved 
on recommendation of Merit Advisory Board and Chief of Department. 

D. Communications Received by Commission 

Four communications were received by the Commission from June 1, 2000 through June 
15,2000. 

E. Public Comment 

John Darmanin, speaking as a private citizen, wished to discuss the department's budget 
submittal and the proceedings before the Board of Supervisors Finance and Labor 
Committee. Mr. Darmanin was able to obtain a copy of the Budget Analysts report and was 
concerned about Harvey Rose's various cuts, especially those concerning PPE and staffing 
at Treasure Island. Mr. Darmanin believes that Mr. Rose's report contains a great deal of 
misinformation and he hoped that the Administration and the Commission would address 
these matters with the Budget Analysts' staff. Mr. Darmanin told the Commission that he had 
sent a letter to the Board of Supervisors, with a copy to the Secretary, emphasizing the 
issue of PPE from his prospective as a firefighter and a member of the Health and Safety 
Committee as well as the Uniform Committee. He reiterated the importance of this matter 
since grievances and OSHA complaints were involved. 

President Roff thanked Mr. Darmanin for his efforts and noted that even though Mr. Rose is 
quite proficient, he is not always fully aware of the true consequences of some of his 
recommendations. 

Commissioner Nakajo wished to acknowledge his and President Roffs recent site visit to 
Communications arranged by Assistant Deputy Chief Hayes-White. He asked ADC Hayes- 
White to apprise the Commission of the personnel that assisted with the visit. 

ADC Hayes-White informed the Commission that Battalion Chief Doug Goodin provided the 
tour of the Emergency Communications Department assisted by Lieutenant David Franklin 
and Acting Captain Glenn Ortiz-Schuldt. The Commissioners visited the call taking and the 
dispatch station, as well as the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) in the lower level. 

Commissioner Nakajo noted how beneficial it was for Commissioners to visit various 
operational areas, be it Communications, the Airport or Treasure Island. Commissioner 
Nakajo reiterated how helpful it is to see such communication system, which combines 
Police, Fire and Emergency services in one operation, since it provides insight into the 
pressures experienced by the men and women working there. Furthermore, the day of the 
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was an unusually hot day - 103 degrees - and that the call volume doubled from an average 
of 350 calls to approximately 700 calls that day. President Roff wished to commend the men 
and women of the Fire Department for their exemplary performance not only in 
Communications but also for their response to the two-alarm and three-alarm fires and the 
numerous emergency medical calls. 

Commissioner Norman wished to thank the staff at the Airport for an excellent tour and 
commend them for their cooking. She noted that the comfort room was outstanding and that 
the layout of the facility was excellent. Commissioner Norman was impressed by what the 
Fire Department can do for its staff and by the way people were taken care of. She is 
looking forward to visiting the Communication Center, as well as the Department of Training 
in the coming week. 

Robert L. Demmons, Chief of Department, wished to describe a recent incident, which had 
occurred in Bayview Hunters Point and had been peaceably resolved with members of the 
Police and Fire Departments working in concert with the community. Apparently, six or more 
fire hydrants had been turned on, reducing water pressure, and when the Department 
responded to turn them off, objects were thrown at them and they had to retreat. Instead of 
going in with a Police escort, some discussions were held, and a street cordoned off. A few 
pieces of equipment were stationed there, with firefighters showing the kids of that 
community how fire engines and hoses worked and allowed kids to squirt some water. Chief 
Demmons wished to commend Assistant Chief Kenney, Battalion Chief Vince Nolan, 
Captain Tyrone Rockett and the members of Station 17 and Station 25 for bringing about a 
successful conclusion to an otherwise unpleasant, and potentially dangerous, incident. 

David Shapona, Firefighter, Truck 14, wished to comment on the recent article by Chronicle 
columnists Matier and Ross. President Roff asked Deputy City Attorney John Cooper 
whether it was appropriate for Mister Shapona to provide comment on a matter that was not 
before the Commission. Mr. Cooper stated that Mr. Shapona could provide comment on this 
matter. 

Mr. Shapona stated that when Pierre Francois did not pass his physical examination to 
become a firefighter, Chief Demmons stepped in and provided a statement that passed him. 
Mr. Shapona believed that this violates Civil Service Rules since only the Department 
Physician can certify the physical exam of a firefighter. Mr. Shapona stated that in his 22 
years in the Department, he has heard time and again white firefighters being called bigots 
and racists, and this article alluded to it again. He believes there was also discrimination 
when persons who were qualified were denied by Chief Demmons, who used his authority 
to bypass them. Mr. Shapona does not believe that Chief Demmons has the medical 
authority to state to the Department of Human Resources that Mr. Francois has qualified. 
Mr. Shapona believed that this violated the 209 Principle and the Civil Service Charter 
Amendment on hiring. 

Commissioner Norman responded that she understood Mr. Shapona's statement and 
concerns. She wished to assure Mr. Shapona that the Commission does not make decisions 
nor trust material from newspapers that speaks to the "bigotry within the Fire Department by 
white officers", nor Matier and Ross' version of events. The Commission would bring it under 
discussion if there should be an investigation of such findings, but at this time it simply is an 
article by columnists. President Roff added that this is merely an assertion in a newspaper 
without any substantiation, and that it would be improper for the Commission to engage in a 
dialogue. 



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Tyrone Pruitt, President, San Francisco Black Firefighters Association, thanked 
Commissioners Norman and Roff for their response. Mr. Pruitt believes that it is unfortunate 
that articles, such as the Matier and Ross piece, leave an impression on members of the 
Fire Department. If there is a concern of how someone became a member of the 
Department, the investigation underway will address this. Mr. Pruitt is concerned about 
Pierre Francois becoming an issue in the department and undergoing personal attacks, 
especially since this is a newly hired probationary firefighter that has already had a difficult 
time. He hoped that Pierre Francois would not take the brunt of any frustration or anger that 
is felt in the Department. Mr. Pruitt noted that he and the Black Firefighters have started to 
address certain of their concerns to the Commission and hope to establish a dialogue to 
resolve some of the anger that still exists in the Department. 

President Roff stated that it is the hope of the Commission that these animosities can be 
transcended and that the Department focuses on a united effort to serve the people of San 
Francisco. 

President Roff announced that the Commission website is now operating, even though 
some refinements are still needed, but minutes and agendas are available at 
www.sfqov.org/fire comm . 

President Roff additionally stated that the Closed Session would not be held. John 
Darmanin wished a clarification regarding the Closed Session for disciplinary action against 
an employee. He wondered if it was an oversight that no name had been mentioned. 

The Secretary responded that this was not a hearing but a consideration by the Commission 
of findings of fact regarding a disciplinary action already taken, and that no names needed 
to appear. 

5. CLOSED SESSION 

Closed Session was not held and will be rescheduled at a mutually convenient time for 
counsels. 

6. ADJOURNMENT 

There being no further business to come before the Commission, the meeting was 
adjourned at 6:30 p.m. 



Tania Bauer 
Secretary 



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CITY AND COUNTY OF SAN FRANCISCO 

PUBLIC UTILITIES COMMISSION 

WILLIE L. BROWN, JR.. MAYOR 
JOHN P. MULLANE, JR.. GENERAL MANAGER 



E. DENNIS NORMANDY 
PRESIDENT 
VICTOR G. MAKRAS 
VICE PRESIDENT 
FRANK L. COOK 
ANN MOLLER CAEN 
ASHOK K. BHATT 



SAN FRANCISCO 
WATER DEPARTMENT 

HETCH HETCHY 
WATER AND POWER 

SAN FRANCISCO 
CLEAN WATER PROGRAM 



May 16, 2000 



Chief Robert L. Demmons 
San Francisco Fire Department 
698 Second Street 
San Francisco, CA 941 07 

Dear Chief Demmons: 

On behalf of everyone at the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, I would like to 
thank you for the wonderful support and cooperation that your department has lent us 
during our Mercury Free May campaign. 

Also, thank you for attending our press conference on May 3rd and for helping us kick 
off the program which is going extremely well. We are pleased to report that thus far, 
over 2,000 mercury thermometers have been exchanged which is exceptional for this 
type of outreach program. We are confident that the rest of the campaign will be as 
successful. We know this is due in large part to the participation of the Fire Department 
that has made the exchange points very accessible and convenient for San 
Franciscans. 



Please extend our deepest gratitude to your staff. They have been very accommodating 
and supportive. We hope to have the opportunity to work with you again to make San 
Francisco a safer and healthier place for everyone. 

Sincerely, 




illane, Jr. 
\ral Manager 



1155 MARKET STREET • 4™ FLOOR • SAN FRANCISCO • CALIFORNIA 94103 • (415) 554-3155 • FAX (415) 554-3161 



St. Anne's Home - Little Sisters of the Poor 

300 Lake Street 

San Francisco, California 94 1 1 8 

Phone 415-751-6510 Fax 4 15-75 1-0644 

May 19,2000 



Fire Chief- Robert Dcmmons 

San Francisco Fire Department 

698 - 2 nd Street 

San Francisco, CA 94107 

RE; Evacuation Drill May 17, 2000 

Dear Chief Demmons: 

I am writing to thank you for sending Lt. Fernando Juarez, and Fire Battalion Chief 
Michael McKinley to assist us by observing and evaluating our in-house evacuation procedures. 
We are a Long Term Care Facility with Assisted Living and Residential components as well as a 
small SNF unit and are in the process of reviewing our Fire and Disaster Manual. 

According to Chief McKinley, our evacuation was calmly achieved in 8 minutes; the day 
was warm and sunny. None of us were expecting the drill to go quite so well and quickly. Lt. 
Juarez initiated the event with a fine presentation and film on What To Do in Case of a Fire 
AND Emergency Evacuation this past March, which helped us greatly in our planning. We 
appreciated his suggestions, some of which were put into effect at Wednesday's drill. 

Thank you again for all your assistance and the help of your two fine gentlemen, Lt. 
Juarez and Chief McKinley. We are looking forward to meeting them again, perhaps next year, 
under similar non-emergency conditions. You and your men should please feel free to visit us 
and examine our premises whenever you have time and are in the area. 

Sincerely, 




Gloria Escalona, RN, MS 
Director of Staff Development 
Email: gloriae@,ix.netcom.com 
Webmail: gloriae@catholic.org 



May 24, 2000 



Robert Demmons, 

Chief Of Department 

San Francisco Fire Department 

698 2 nd Street 

San Francisco, CA 94107 

Dear Chief Demmons: 

On April 30, 2000, a fire destroyed our flat at 548 Taraval Street 

This letter is to commend the off-duty Fire Fighters that came to our aid and 
offered their assistance at the fire scene and the hours following. Those Fire 
Fighters are; Lt James Lee, Station 3, Lt. Matthew McNaughton, Station 12, and 
Operator Melissa Lerma, Station 15. 

In addition, our heartfelt thanks go out to the Fire Fighters that volunteered their 
time in the days following the fire. Those individuals are; Lt Dave Rege, Station 
35, Operator Melissa Lerma, Station 15, and Fire Fighters, John Voelker, Station 9, 
Alison Yee, Station 44, and George Smith, Station 8. 

We are extremely grateful to all of the on-duty and off-duty Fire Fighters that 
helped us through those difficult days that followed. 

Sincerely, 




" Joan Holmes 
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Fire Chief 

Airport Crash Rescue 
SFO International Airport 
San Francisco, CA 



March 28, 2000 



Dear Sir, 

Many thanks to you folks for a job well done. I was the Captain of Delta Air Lines flight 1972 
which made a partial gear landing at your airport, the night of March 13. You folks did an 
outstanding job! The fact that your people were immediately surrounding my aircraft as we 
came to a stop, made my decision to conduct a careful evacuation much easier. The 
assistance which fire personnel extended to the passengers as they were individually helped 
down the slide, was crucial in the total avoidance of any injury to passenger or crew. For this 
my crew and myself are forever in your debt. I was very impressed by the friendliness and 
professional conduct your people exhibited. I wish it was possible to individually thank 
everyone. Please share this letter with them. Thanks again, you folks helped turn what could 
have been an awful experience into a plus for all involved. 



Sincerely, 

Michael B. Cavanagh 
Captain, Delta Air Lines 



March 13, 2000 On Duty SFIA Fire Department 
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May 10, 2000 

Mr. Bob Ahem 
Fircfigliter/Paramedic/Hero 
Airport Division, Fire Station #3 
San Francisco International Airport 

Dear Bob, 

Thank you so much for coming to my aid when I took a fall at the airport 
on the morning of March 5, 2000. 

I was walking toward Customs to meet my son who was returning from 
Singapore on United Airlines. The next thing I knew, I was going down - 
instinctively putting out my right hand to break my fall. I broke my fall all 
right, as well as my wrist - in three places! That is why it has taken me so 
long to write this thank-you letter to you. I just got the third (and last) cast 
off. I cannot write legibly yet, but I can now type on my computer keyboard 
which requires only a very light touch. 

I refused to be taken to the hospital until someone promised to meet my 
son Alan upon his arrival, tell him what happened and where I was, and 
give him the car keys and the parking ticket with the parking space number 
noted on the back. That someone was you, Bob! 

Can't you just imagine how Alan would have felt, seasoned traveler though 
he is, had it not been for you? Thanks to you, he could find the car easily 
and come directly to the hospital knowing that his mom was not critically 
injured. 

Thank you, Bob. As a firefighter/paramedic, you are highly skilled and 
thoroughly trained, but you also have another very special quality - you 
have heart. I will never forget you and your kindness. 

With love and gratitude - 




Ann Carl 

Vintage Court, Apt. 141 
2499 Decoto Road 
Union City, CA 94587 




Blue Shield (ED of California 

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May 30, 2000 

Chief Robert Demmons 

San Francisco Fire Department 



Dear Chief Demmons: 

Thank you very much for the fire/Floor Warden training provided to Blue Shield of 
California's 50 Beale Street Floor Warden Team on Friday, May 26, 2000 by Lieutenant 
Fernando Juarez and Fire Fighter Meibeck Chung. Lieutenant Juarez has provided fire 
safety information to our 50 Beale Street employees for about three years and we greatly 
appreciate his time, commitment and presentation style. 

Thank you for providing us this opportunity to receive the training. 

Sincerely, 



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Carol Wakayama 

Workers' Compensation Coordinator 



50 Beale Street ■ San Francisco, CA 94105 
P.O. Box7168 • San Francisco, CA 94120-7168 



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April 19,2000 



Chief Dan Sullivan 

San Francisco Firefighters Toy Program 

698 2"d street 

San Francisco, C A 94107 

Dear Chief Sullivan: 

The children of the Telegraph Hill Neighborhood Center (Tel-Hi) join me in 
thanking you for the Firefighters' very generous donation of stuffed bunnies for our 
preschool and lower elementary school children. 



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Roger S. & Lorri Kaufman 
John & Tina Kekei 
Katherine Koelsch &John l.und Kriken 
Gyongy Laky & Thomas C. Lay ton 
Rob Lee, M.D. & lane Winslow 
James & Ella Mae Lev> 
Tom Lockard & Aliv Marduel 
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Ann & Karl Ludwig 



More than 200 low-income children and youth come to Tel-Hi each day for 
preschool education and after-school programs, including academic tutorial, 
recreation, and club activities. More than 100 children are on a waiting list for Tel- 
Hi programs. 

Please know how much your support means to Tel-Hi kids and to the neighborhood. 
Thank you for the positive example you set in the community. 



/armest regards, 




660 LOMBARD STREET 
SAN FRANCISCO 
CALIFORNIA 94133 
TEL (415) 421-6443 
FAX (415) 433-1352 
WWW.TEL-H I .ORG 



B. J. & Chris Martin 
Doris Cuneo Maslach 
Patty McCrary & Dale Fehringer 
Nan McGuire & Jim Stevens 
Flicka McGurrin 
David Mehryar 
Maurice Lim Miller 
Ted Miller. M.D. & Michele Neureuter 
Beverly Mills 
Ed & Mary Etta Moose 
Mia & Robert Morrill 
Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi 
errold F. Petruzzelli & Dorena Schramm 
Mary Risley 
Bill Rutter 
Yvonne & Angelo Sangiacomo 
Sue Simon & James Cribb 
John K. Stewart 
Bob Tibbits & Irene Lindbeck-Tibbits 
Ella King Torrey 
Lee & Misty Tyree 
Dede & Al Wilsey 
Carolyn Zecca-Ferris 

BOARD OF DIRECTORS 

Gerry Crowley, President 
Hunter Auyang, Vice President 
Bose Onyemem, Treasurer 
Jane Winslow, Secretary 
Claire Carlevaro 
Hagen Choi 
Aline Estournes 
Diane Filippi 
Rodney Fong 
Prudy Kohler 
Holly Krassner 
Barbara Lane 
Jonee Levy 
H. Marcia Smolens 
Robert Solodow 
Steve Wong 

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR 
Dcnise McCarthy 



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1631 Hayes Street, San Francisco, CA 94117 



San Francisco Fire Fighters 
Toy Program 
Headquart ers 
698 2 nd St 
SF, CA. 94107 

Att: Deputy Chief Darr Suffovan 



Dear Mr. Sullivan, 

We would fiketo thank you, on behalf of all the children at Hamilton Family Transitional 
Housing Program, for your most generous donation of toys, books, games and puzzles. 

All the new items have made a big difference in ourprogram; There were a few toys, that 
we needed but we did not have the funds to get. Now our program is well stocked with 
age appropriate material. Our children: have more variety and have the pleasure of 
exploring and learning with all the new stuff. Even our toddlers have benefited! ! ! 

To shaie llie weaftfr wehawgiveir some items to ourEmergency Shelter where they are 
also in need. 



Your donation is priceless, we are truly thankful. 




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Chtfdreir's Program Coordinator 

Hamilton Family Transitional Housing Program. 



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ADMINISTRATION OF JUST.CE • 415. 239. 3202 . FIRE SCIENCE • 4 1 5. 239. 3359 



May 30, 2000 



Chief of Department Robert Demmons 

698 2 nd St 

San Francisco, Ca 94107 

Dear Chief: 

I am writing to thank members of your department for their assistance to our Fire Science 
program at City College of San Francisco. 

The following members of the San Francisco Fire Department provided valuable information and 
personal examples of the job of being a firefighter in today's fire service: 

Captain Mark Donnelly, ISB, 

Firefighter Attica Bowden 

Firefighter Tim Heffernan, Stress Unit, 

Lt. Al Gughemetti, Treasure Island Training Center, 

Firefighter Rob LaEace, Rescue Two, 

Captain Mario Ballard, Bureau of Fire Prevention. 

Their support and participation to our Fire Science program gives students taking our courses 
different perspectives from different work areas of the San Francisco Fire Department. 

We look forward to continuing this relationship in the future, with the hope of expanding it to other 
areas. 

Sincerely, 




Charles Hoeriisch, 
Department Chair 



BOARD OF TRUSTEES 

RODEL E. RODIS, PRESIDENT • JAMES HASKELL MAYO, II., VICE PRESIDENT . NATALIE BERG 

ROBERT E. BURTON • ANDREA D. SHORTER . ROBERT P. VARNI • LAWRENCE WONG 

DR. PHILIP R. DAY, JR., CHANCELLOR 




Saint Anthony-Immaculate Conception School 

299 Precita Avenue 

San Francisco, CA 94110 

PH 415/648-2008 Fax 415/648-1825 



May 19, 2000 



Chief Robert Demmons 
S.F. Fire Department 
698 2 nd Street 
San Francisco, Ca 94107 



Dear Chief Demmons, 

Our Saint Anthony-Immaculate Conception School Community thanks the San Francisco 
Fire Department for participating in our First Annual Spring Event - "Jubilee 2000- 
Opening Doors-Building Bridges." 

It was a fun filled day of community building with the joining together of the current 
students, families, alumni and neighbors. 

If success can be measured in smiles and enthusiasm we can proudly say "we made it- 
with your help!" 

Thank you so much for your support of our Saint Anthony - Immaculate Conception 
School. We pray that Mary our Mother and Jesus her Son return the kindness that you so 
generously share with our school. 



Very gratefully, 



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Sister Carol Ward Marie Driscoll 

Principal Development Director 



A Franciscan-Dominican Tradition of Faith and Love 



A Donnoe & Associates, Inc. 



114* Marconi Avenue • Cormichael. CA 95608 • (916)486-4317 • FAX (916) 486-0272 



June 2, 2000 



Robert L Demmons, Fire Chief 
San Francisco Fire Department 
698 Second Street 
San Francisco, CA 94107-2015 

Dear Chief Demmons: 

Your department recently responded to a request we made on behalf of the Portland Fire 
Bureau for an individual that could serve as a rater for the Fire Lieutenant Assessment Center 
examination we were to develop and conduct. Your agency's quick response to our request was 
very helpful for both exam and travel planning. 

We take pride in our high quality, job related exams and appreciate that you allowed 
Captain Mark Donnelly to serve as a rater on the exam, conducted May 30 - June 2, 2000. His 
participation was an important part of the overall process. Those who have served as assessors 
for us in the past have told us it was a very valuable experience, not only for them personally, but 
for their department as well. 

If you should have any questions regarding the process, please feel free to call us at (916) 
486-43 1 7. Thank you for your assistance on this important project, and we are happy to facilitate 
reciprocation, when needed. 



Sincerely, 



Diane Donnoe. Vice President 
Donnoe & Associates, Inc. 



May 27, 2000 

Fire Chief 

San Francisco Fire Department 

Dear Sir: 

I am writing this letter on behalf of the Murphy Family regarding the fire at 
1492-9* Avenue on February 2 nd , 2000 at 8:00a.m. This letter is to inform 
you of the outstanding response effort of your department that undoubtedly 
saved many lives. They responded to a fire at a 8-unit building and because 
of the quick, efficient and brave actions of the personnel in your department- 
the fire was contained to one apartment and did not spread to the rest of the 
building. The professionalism exhibited by the Chief Officer on scene to the 
Firefighters on scene was, once again, outstanding. It was also noted that 
many of the Firefighters responding were just getting off duty. It is this type 
of dedication that makes us all proud to be San Franciscans. On behalf of 
my family, thank you. 



The Murphy Family 



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MEDICAL CENTER 



May 24, 2000 



To: Robert Demmons 

Chief, San Francisco Fire Department 

698 2 nd Street 

San Francisco, Ca 94107 

From: Dominique Giesler 
ER Technician 
CPMC Davies Campus 
San Francisco, Ca 94114 

Dear Chief Demmons: 

Just wanted to give you some positive feedback regarding Medic 7, Leonard and 
Drabble. They are quite thorough with reporting and are always cheerful and 
professional. 

Thanks again. 




Dominique Giesler 
ER Technician 



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Mary Chris Vallario 
ER Clinical Supervisor 






California Campus Davies Campus Mailing Address Pacific Campus 

3700 California Street Castro & Duboce P.O. Box 7999 Clay at Buchanan Street 

(415)387-8700 (415)565-6000 San Francisco, California 94120 (415)563-4321 

A Sutler Health Affiliate 



Argonne Child Developement Center 

3500 Fillmore St. 

San Francisco, CA 94123 

May 25th, 2000 

Thursday 



San Francisco Fire Chief 

San Francisco Fire Department 

698 Second St. 

San Francisco, CA 94107 



Dear Chief, 



Today Inspector Kaan Y. Chin of your department came and 
visited our classroom. He came mainly to discuss fire safety and 
what to do in case of a fire. He explained to the children that 
telephones are tools that we can use in case of an emergency and 
that they should call 911 if there is a fire or an injury in the home. 
He cautioned the children not to use the phone as a toy. Inspector 
Chin also explained that lighter and matches are not for children. 

The inspector encouraged the children to go home this evening 
and look for the smoke detectors in their home and to ask their 
parents to buy one if they do not already have in their home. He 
also felt that it was important for families to talk about what to do 
if there is a fire. How will they get out of the house? Where will 
they meet after they do get out? He suggests making a plan with 
the family about which doors and windows should be tried first. If 
one is leaving a building during a fire, the children learned, they 
should use the back of their hand, the handles of closed doors 
before opening them to make sure that there is not fire behind the 
door. They practiced and learned to STOP, DROP, and ROLL if 
Their clothes catch on fire. 

For summer safety he cautioned the children to wear a helmet 
whenever they ride a bike or roller blade, to always swim with an 
adult, and if boating to wear a life jacket. While in the vehicle he 



instructed the children to be fasten properly into a car seat with 
safety belt. 

We plan to review and practice these safety measures in the 
classroom . Thank you for providing Inspector Kaan Y. Chin 
to teach our class this important safety measures so they will not be 
at risk. 

Thank You, 



Room 2 Staff & Ms. Mululi Duehu 



American Red Cross 



Bay Area Chapter 

Department of Volunteer Resources 
85 Second Street, 7th Floor 
San Francisco, CA 94 1 05 
Phone:(415)427-8112 
Fax:(415)427-8116 



June 2, 2000 

Robert T. Serrano 

Battalion Chief 

San Francisco Fire Department 

Station 9, Battalion 10 

2245 Jerrold Street 

San Francisco, CA 94124 

Dear Robert: 

As Chair of the ARCBA Awards and Recognition Committee, I am pleased to 
inform you that you have been selected along with Susan Manheimer, San Mateo 
Chief of Police, to receive the Collaboration Award in recognition of your 
outstanding contribution to the American Red Cross. This award is given to 
individuals who have devoted their creative and collaborative efforts to 
developing common understandings which enhance ARCB A's ability to 
successfully deliver services to our Bay Area communities. 

The award will be conferred at the Annual Meeting scheduled for June 1 5, 2000 
at 3:30 p.m. at the Sir Francis Drake Hotel in San Francisco. Please confirm your 
attendance at this event by June 7 by phoning Rita Chick at 415-427-81 12. 

We are very proud of your contribution and look forward to seeing you on June 
15. 

Sincerely, 

/£*>^ 

Ann C. Walsh 

Chair, Awards and Recognition Committee 

cc: Human Resources 



The American Red Cross Bay Area proudly serves Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco, San Mateo and Solano counties. 



Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco 

101 Market Street. San Francisco. California 94105 
May 25, 2000 



Chief Robert L. Demmons 

San Francisco Fire Department 

698 Second Street 

San Francisco, CA 94107-2015 

Dear Chief Demmons: 

This is to express our sincere appreciation to you for 
permitting Lieutenant Fernando Juarez, on very short notice, to 
be the guest speaker at our Floor Warden Orientation at the 
Federal Reserve Bank on May 18, 2000. 

Lieutenant Juarez, representing the Office of Community Affairs, 
provided our floor wardens with informative, understandable and 
a very meaningful look at fire prevention and a clear 
understanding of the duties of a floor warden. He used his 
training aids well, was available throughout the presentation 
for questions, and made the entire program an interactive 
learning experience. 

His presentation also refreshed our Earthquake Preparation 
Program and encouraged us to continue to pursue our NERT 
Training efforts with Lieutenant Patricia Yuen. 

Please convey our deepest gratitude to this fine professional. 

iincerely,. 





Louis Geo: 

assistant Vice°President 
)istrict Security 




Goldman Institute On Aging 



May 25, 2000 



To: Mr. Robert Demmons 
698 2 nd Street 
San Francisco, CA 94107 
Fax no. (415) 558-3407 



From: Ria Mercado, RN 

1426 Fillmore Street ! 

San Francisco, CA 94115 

Tel. No. (415) 447-1011 

Fax. No. (415)447-1034 

Subject: Fire Prevention, Safety and Disaster Preparedness Training Class 
offered by Lt. Fernando Juarez 



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Members of the On Lok SeniorHealth provided by IOA want to express 
our appreciation for the Fire Prevention Class that was offered to us by Lt. Juarez 
last June 2, 2000, Friday. Our organization learned a great deal from his 
education and training. Furthermore, Lt. Juarez took time in answering, our 
questions. 

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The educational services you offer are an important part of helping us and 
our client population, frail and elderly clients, be aware of safety precautions and 
measures. 



Thank you very much. 
Sincerely, 

Ria I. Mercado, RN 



Carl Baron 

P.O. Box 420861 

San Francisco, CA 94142 

June 6, 2000 



Chief Robert L. Demmons 
698 2nd Street 
San Francisco, CA 94107 
Fax 558-3407 



Chief Demmons; 



I would like to formally acknowledge Lt. Juratovac, whose 
professionalism in handling what is doubtless an awkward and challenging 
assignment has been exemplary. 



Sincerely, 
Carl Baron 




^ Carl Baron 
PO Box 420861 
San Francisco, CA 94142 



June 6, 2000 

Chief Robert L. Demmons 
698 2nd Street 
San Francisco, CA 94107 
Fax 558-3407 



The following information requests are being made: 



• Roster of all personnel permanently assigned to Station-3 and oversight officers at 
battalion level and above. 

-Please include rank and shifts and days they typically work. 

-For all officers I would like the following addtional information: year hired; years of 
promotions above H2; date assigned to Station-3; duties. 
Please specify those personnel whose duty include driver. 

• Engine-3 journals from January 1, 2000 to present (all shifts). 



Thanks kindly for your cooperation. 
Sincerely, 

Carl Baron 



TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN, 



I AM WRITING THIS NOTE TO EXPRESS MY THANKS FOR A 
GOOD JOB DONE ON 05/30/00 BY TRUCK ELEVAN. I RECEIVED 
A CALL FOR AN OWNED CAT STUCK BETWEEN TWO BUILDINGS 
ON 21 st STREET. WHEN I ARRIVED IT LOOKED LIKE ANOTHER 
TYPICAL RESCUE. HOWEVER; AFTER CRAWLING UNDERNEATH 
A DECK THREE FEET HIGH AND SPENDING THE NEXT TWO HOURS 
ON MY KNEES TRYING TO CUT A HOLE WITH SURGICAL PRECISION 
ABOVE THE ANIMAL, I FOUND IT TO BE STUCK ALMOST TWO FEET 
BELOW MY POSITION IN BETWEEN CEMENT. AFTER GETTING A 
HOLD OF THE CAT ALL I COULD PULL UP WAS FUR. THAT'S WHEN 
I CALLED FOR THE F.D. TRUCK ELEVAN CAME PROMPTLY EVEN 
AFTER IT WAS MIDNIGHT. UPON ARRIVAL SOME FIGHTERS WERE 
MORE ENTHUSIASTIC THAN OTHERS BUT ALL WORKED EXTREMELY 
HARD IN AN VERY ANNOYING SITUATION. THEY EXPLORED 
EVERY OPITION INCLUDING TAKING OUT THE FOUNDATION. IT 
HAD BEEN TWELVE HOURS SINCE THE CAT WAS INTTTAILLY 
STUCK IN A SPACE NO BIGGER THAN A CLOSED FIST. THE OWNER 
OF THE CAT WAS GETTING TIRED OF HEARING IT CRY OUT IN 
PAIN AND SAID EUTHANASIA MIGHT BE THE BEST DECISION. I 
WENT TO RETIEVE THE VET TO PERFORM THE DEED. HOWEVER; 
WHEN I RETURNED WE WERE GREETED BY A FIRE-FIGHTER 
WHO SAID THE CAT WAS NOW FREE. IJUST WANT TO SAY THAT 
I DO NOT COMPLIMENT OTHER AGENCIES WE HAVE TO DEAL 
WITH OFTEN BUT I AM VERY APPRECIATIVE OF TRUCK ELEVANS 
HARD WORK. THE MAJORITY OF THE FIGHTERS I HAVE DELT WITH 
HAVE BEEN VERY PROFESSIONAL EVEN WITH CALLS THAT SOME SAY 
MAY NOT BE WORTH THE EFFORT. I DOUBT THAT EITHER OF OUR 
AGENCIES HAVE A FULL UNDERSTANDING OF WHAT EACH OTHER DOES, 
BUT I NOW HAVE A MUCH GREATER RESPECT FOR SAN FRANCISCOS 
FIRE- FIGHTERS. 




/^fiCERELY/ / 



JASON KENT 
FIELD DIVISION 
SAN FRANCISCO ANIMAL CONTROL 



FIRE COMMISSION 

City and County of £an Francisco 



Hadley Roff, President 
Stephen Nakajo, Vice President 

rWfln Pat Norman, Commissioner 
I Russell Roeca, Commissioner 

(t>«J Ted Soulis, Commissioner 



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FIRE COMMISSION SPECIAL HEARING 
Transcript (from Tape-recording) 

Thursday, June 22, 2000 - 4:10 p.m. 
698 Second Street, Room 221, San Francisco, CA 94107 



698 Second Street 

San Francisco CA 94107 

Telephone 415.558.3451 

Fax 415.558.3413 

Tania Bauer, Secretary 



No. 00-16 

DOCUMENTS DEPT. 

JUL t 20C0 

SAN FRANCISCO 
PUBLIC LIBRARY 



APPEARANCES 

For the Fire Department 
Pamela Thompson, DCA 
Paul J. Tabacco, Deputy Chief 



For Revnald Baciqalupi 
Vince Courtney, Jr., Counsel 
Reynald Bacigalupi 



For the Commission 

Russell Roeca, Commissioner 

Margaret Baumgartner, DCA 



COMMISSIONER ROECA: This will serve for the purpose of today's session and the hearing 
involving Firefighter Bacigalupi. And what we have is a special hearing, but first let me have the 
parties encapsulated and state their appearances for the record. 

DEPUTY CITY ATTORNEY PAMELA THOMPSON: I'm Pamela Thompson, representing the 
Fire Department, and with me is 

DEPUTY CHIEF PAUL TABACCO: Deputy Chief Tabacco representing the Fire Department. 

VINCE COURTNEY, JR.: And I'm Vince Courtney, representing Reynald Bacigalupi. 

COMMISSIONER ROECA: Thank you. And» 

Mr. COURTNEY: And he's present also. 

COMMISSIONER ROECA: He's present as well. And I am Commissioner Russell Roeca. We 
are absent here today a court reporter. I understand that the parties have stipulated and agreed 
that a tape-recorded transcript will serve as the official transcript for today's hearing in lieu of the 
reporter's transcript. Is that correct counsel? 

MS. THOMPSON: The City so stipulates. 

MR. COURTNEY: So do we. 

COMMISSIONER ROECA: Oh, thank you. Is there any public comment before we commence? 
Hearing no public comment, we are here today on a formal hearing on a formal complaint filed 
by the Chief of the Department against Reynald Bacigalupi. This has been continued now from 



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the January 27 th , 2000 to the February 10 th , 2000 hearings, or actually I'm reading the June 8 th 
calendar. This is and continued now from the June 8 th hearing because of my absence, and I 
apologize for any inconvenience that caused you. 

I have received the briefs that were presented by the parties. I have reviewed all of them; and 
essentially, I see that what we have here today are three issues: we have the issue involving 
whether a hearing officer may take the evidence, number one; number two, the scope of the 
hearing, and number three, discovery. Thereafter, it's my understanding and we all understand 
that this matter has been set for an evidentiary hearing to commence August 9 th and perhaps 
continue to the 10 th , 2000. Is that correct? 

MR. COURTNEY: Correct. 

COMMISSIONER ROECA: With respect to issue number one, the full hearing: the Commission 
has determined that it is appropriate for the Commission to designate a single Commissioner to 
sit as a hearing officer to gather the evidence. The entire Commission will ultimately hear the 
evidence. We'll have transcripts of today's hearing and the evidentiary hearing. The entire 
Commission, or some form thereof, will deliberate and impose discipline, if deigned. So that is 
how it will proceed. The Commission does not believe that this administrative function requires a 
meet and confer on the part of the union, as had been expressed, and that there is no MMBA, 
MOU or other Charter statutory regulation known to the Commission, which would require the 
Commission to proceed as a whole to gather the evidence. It's not going to change the matter in 
which this hearing is determined and the evidence that we need. 

That being said, we'll move to the second point, which are the motions and considering the 
scope of the hearing. And I have read everything as I said, and the first thing I'd like to do is ask 
the City Attorney whether there was a change in any policy that had previously been agreed 
upon through a meet and confer process with the union. 

MS. THOMPSON: The City's position is that no, there had not been a change in policy; that the 
issue is that there was a particular regulation, Acts Detrimental to the Welfare, that has always, 
or has long, been in existence. And the only question is that what kind of conduct applies to it. 
Since the regulation has always been in existence and the issue is just simply: do the facts then 
show a violation of that particular regulation. There is no MMBA requirement, no union 
requirement - there's to be no requirement that the union and the Department meet and confer 
on that. 

COMMISSIONER ROECA: And Mr. Courtney, would you explain this? 

Mr. COURTNEY: Well, we disagree. And while we agree that the policy that the Department is 
saying it's had on it was always in existence, the practice in implementing that policy did not 
extend to firefighters for off-duty drinking incidents, and that's the point. And our position is, and 
after consulting with the union, and it is that their understanding is quite clear, that that was a 
very clear distinction that was made as in that was a longstanding practice. And changing such 
a practice would also constitute a violation of either the National Labor Relations Act or the 
Milas Meyers Brown Act, which is interpreted looking to the National Labor Relations Act. So, 
that's our position in a nutshell. 

But more important to us is another issue on the question of scope. And I wanted to bring out 
just very briefly here, if I might, is that the Last-Chance Agreement itself is consistent with what 
happened at the hearing when this matter came before the Commission over three years ago 
now. And I'm just going to read a portion of the Last-Chance Agreement. It says that the 

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conduct for which Mr. Bacigalupi was found to - well pled guilty to - it says: This conduct - and 
this is in paragraph one . . . 

COMMISSIONER ROECA: I'll take a minute and take a look at it. And I have read it a number of 
times. Okay, paragraph one? 

MR. COURTNEY: The second paragraph. It says: 

This conduct included unprofessional language and attempts to physically obstruct 
emergency personnel from performing their duties. This conduct was the result of 
alcohol ingestion and/or the head injury sustained by Bacigalupi on June 23, 1997. 

Now the reason that that was there was because at the termination - at the Commission 
proceedings the attorney, then representing Mr. Bacigalupi, had entered into the record, both by 
argument and by an exhibit, that the Commission had attached to the transcript of that 
proceeding, from a Dr. Carl Spencer who said, based on his report, he could not say that 
Firefighter Bacigalupi's conduct - striking out at the firefighter - was unrelated to the fall. 

During my 15 years of emergency medicine experience, I've seen countless people who 
suffer head trauma, such as Mr. Bacigalupi. They can and often do suffer from a 
neurological deficit that can cause unusual behavior that cannot be recalled later. Here 
Mr. Bacigalupi's letter of apology suggests that. 

So, my point is that a Last-Chance Agreement is usually exactly what it says it is. There's cause 
to terminate somebody based on serious misconduct. And the Commission, or the appointing 
officer, or the employer will say: "Okay, we gotcha. We could fire you, but we're gonna give you 
one last chance". And our position is that, and the Commission, I agree, could do that, if that's 
what happened. But in this case, we're arguing that that's not what happened. There was not 
cause to terminate Mr. Bacigalupi three years ago. And as a result, the charter provision that 
says you can't terminate someone except for cause, would be applicable here. That's why we're 
contending he's entitled to a full hearing. That's it. 

COMMISSIONER ROECA: I appreciate what you're saying, and if this were three years ago, I'd 
be very sympathetic to that. I've been looking at this stuff and the contents, Mr. Courtney. An 
agreement was voluntary entered into. There could have been a hearing and determination of 
cause back in 1998 and that to me is problematic here. I go through everything. He wasn't 
ordered to sign that. It was voluntary. He had counsel. It was noticed. It wasn't unilaterally 
imposed on him. And so the cause wasn't established because he entered into the agreement. 
And now, I don't think in my recommendation to the Commission - when we go forward and 
listen to this - this is a stand-alone agreement and this agreement was entered into. And if we 
do act upon it, it is an agreement, which can result in termination of your client. Now I think you 
adequately pointed out and agreed, I don't think the agreement mandates that. 

MR.COURTNEY: Umm-hmm. 

COMMISSIONER ROECA: And so I think that as we prepare the case, you can put on your 
evidence as you see fit. But I think that this is an enforceable agreement and that it's something 
that - otherwise we will be revisiting agreements all along. And so, that is my recommendation 
to the Commission and that is how the evidence will come in. And the scope of this hearing, I 
believe, should be limited to whether this agreement was violated. And you have your evidence 
that you intend to put on which would in fact deal with that understanding. 



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MR. COURTNEY: Okay. And does that mean that we would not be able to put in evidence as to 
his good performance, for example? I mean . . . 

COMMISSIONER ROECA: I don't believe I'm prepared to limit you, and I'm prepared to permit 
that sort of evidence to come in under the circumstances of this case. 

MR. COURTNEY: Okay. 

COMMISSIONER ROECA: But I do not want this hearing to go back to justifying his - or again 
to retry the 1997 incident which resulted in him entering voluntarily into this agreement. 

MR. COURTNEY: I understand. 

COMMISSIONER ROECA: Okay. Do you understand that counsel? 

MS. THOMPSON: Yes, Commissioner. Thank you. 

COMMISSIONER ROECA: Okay. What I'd like to do then - I guess the next thing to do would 
be to go into the issue of discovery and what discovery issues there are. And then we could 
further decide the most effective way for you to deal with that, and understand each other's 
witnesses and prepare witness binders, so that when we go into this we can move efficiently 
and swiftly minimizing time and expense to everybody but making sure that the firefighter gets 
his full hearing. 

MR. COURTNEY: Okay. It may be that - the thing that we could do then is try to work out the 
discovery ourselves and let the Commissioner know if we have a problem. 

COMMISSIONER ROECA: That would - 1 think that would be appropriate. And if that's the case, 
you could get it in writing to me what the problem is, and we can make some sort of 
interlocutories or rulings before. But I want it well in advance, so that it doesn't give any reason 
not to continue the hearing because it's been set for a long time. 

Mr. COURTNEY: Okay. 

COMMISSIONER ROECA: Okay? 

Mr. COURTNEY: Thank you very much. 

COMMISSIONER RUSSELL ROECA: And then I guess what we can do is - if you can stipulate 
to certain findings, those that you can agree to, if you could set those forth as well with your 
grievance schedule. In fact, I think what I will do is have the Commission Secretary set forth a 
letter to you identifying those if we have not already. Did we do that? 

MS. THOMPSON: I don't think that we did, but I would say it has really been effective in the 
other cases where we have done, for instance, your specific witnesses, exhibits, and 
stipulations. 

COMMISSIONER ROECA: I think it's a good idea because it does make it a much more 
efficient hearing. 

COMMISSION SECRETARY TANIA BAUER: Yes. We have is a joint statement due by 
August 2 nd . 

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COMMISSIONER ROECA: So, by what date? 

SECRETARY BAUER: August 2 nd , a joint statement. 

COMMISSIONER ROECA: Okay. And with that you can include agreed upon facts, disputed 
facts, and a list of your witnesses. And hopefully you can arrange when they're going to - the 
order of them, so that you don't step on each other and it will be a smooth and efficient hearing. 
Any questions? 

MR.COURTNEY: Thanks, very much. 

COMMISSIONER ROECA: Oh, thank you very much. That being said, this hearing will be 
adjourned. Is there any further public comment? Hearing none, adjourned (4:25 p.m.). 



NOTE: The above was transcribed from a tape-recording and submitted in lieu of a court 
reporter's transcript, and was stipulated by all parties. 



Tania Bauer 
Secretary 

FIRE COMMISSION 



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FIRE COMMISSION 

City and County of San Francisco 



Hadley Roff, President 
Stephen Nakajo, Vice President 
Pat Norman, Commissioner 
Russell Roeca, Commissioner 
Ted Soulis, Commissioner 




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MINUTES OF THE FIRE COMMISSION 



Special Hearing, Thursday, .July 13, 2000 - 4:00 p.m 
698 Second Street, Room 221, San Francisco, CA 94107 



698 Second Street 

San Francisco CA 94107 

Telephone 415.558.3451 

Fax 415.558.3413 

Tania Bauer, Secretary 

DOCUMENTS DEPT. 
SE P f I 2QBQ 

SAN FRANCISCO 
p UBL/C LIBRARY 



Item 
No 

1 . On ROLL CALL, the following were noted present: 

Commissioner Russell S. Roeca 

Note: Commissioner Roeca has been appointed by the Commission President to sit for the Hearing. 

APPEARANCES 



For Chiefs Aide Horacio Candia 
Susan Jean Zemsky, Counsel 
Thomas F. Norman, Counsel 
Tyrone Pruitt, President, San Francisco 
Black Firefighters Association 



For San Francisco Fire Department 
Pamela Thompson, Deputy City Attorney 
Jill Andrews Sprague, Deputy City Attorney 
Paul J. Tabacco, Deputy Chief, Operations 

For San Francisco Fire Commission 
Marie Corlett Blits, Deputy City Attorney 

2. PUBLIC COMMENT 

David Shapona, Firefighter, stated that he felt firefighters did not get due process when they 
were brought up on charges, and tended to incriminate themselves in violation of the Fifth 
Amendment. Mr. Shapona suggested that a different approach should be used when a 
Company officer discovered that a firefighter had a substance abuse problem. The firefighter 
should be referred to a doctor, take a 30-day vacation, and then be asked to participate in 
step-down diversion-type program instead of being immediately penalized and his 
employment placed in jeopardy. Mr. Shapona believed that only if the problem occurred 
again, should a firefighter be penalized. 

3. FORMAL HEARING ON A FORMAL COMPLAINT FILED BY CHIEF OF DEPARTMENT 
AGAINST HORATIO CANDIA (Continued from Meetings of 5/25/00 and 6/22/00) 

Pre-hearing conference by parties regarding legal issues involved in the formal complaint 
filed by Robert L. Demmons, Chief of Department, against Chiefs Aide Horacio Candia, 
dated May 16, 2000, for violation of the Rules and Regulations as follows: 

Section 3912 - Intoxicants/Drugs 

Substance Policy - Employee Refusal for Drug Test 

Any refusal to be tested will be considered an admission to the use of an 
illegal/controlled substance and/or being under the influence or consuming 



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alcohol on duty. Upon refusal the member will be immediately suspended or 
recommended for termination. 

1 . Chiefs Aide Horacio Candia requested a closed hearing. 

2. There was no public comment pertaining to the closed hearing. The Commission went 
into closed session at 4:10 p.m. 

3. The Commission reconvened in open session at 4:32 p.m. Commissioner Roeca 
disclosed that the evidentiary hearing had been scheduled for August 31, 2000, 9:00 
a.m. and September 1, 2000, if necessary. 

a. A letter from the Secretary specifying the material that has to be submitted prior to 
the hearing and the respective dates of the submittals is attached. 

4. ADJOURNMENT 

There being no further business, the hearing was adjourned at 4:35 p.m. 



Tania Bauer 
Commission Secretary 



FIRE COMMISSION 

City and County of San Francisco 



Hadley Roff, President /$$%&\ 698 Secon d Street 

Stephen Nakajo, Vice President ^r%i^S\ San Francisco CA 94107 

Pat Norman, Commissioner is^slslJ/ Telephone 415.558.3451 

Russell Roeca, Commissioner Nsllisi' Fax 415.558.3413 

Ted Soulis, Commissioner x^^j^ Tania Bauer, Secretary 



July 31, 2000 

Susan Jean Zemsky 
Murray Associates 
1781 Union Street 
San Francisco, CA 94123 

Pamela Thompson 
Deputy City Attorney 
Office of the City Attorney 
1390 Market Street, 5 th Floor 
San Francisco, CA 94102 

Re: Chiefs Aide Horacio Candia 

Dear Counsel: 

This is written to confirm a briefing and hearing schedule for the above-noted matter, as 
discussed at the July 13, 2000 hearing: 

1. Discovery matters: Counsel for the parties shall first attempt to work out all discovery 
issues between themselves. Any disputes shall be personally discussed by counsel, and 
any remaining unresolved issues shall be simultaneously briefed by both parties and 
submitted to the Commission office no later than 12:00 noon on Friday, August 11, 
2000. 

2. Joint Statement: Counsel for the parties shall meet in person, and then submit a Joint 
Statement to the Commission office no later than 12:00 noon on Monday August 21, 
2000, that includes: 

a. A statement of issues to be decided, specifying which items are disputed and 
which are undisputed, and summarizing the opposing positions on each item; 

b. A list of undisputed exhibits, with a proposed stipulation for admission; 

c. A statement of undisputed facts, with a proposed stipulation for admission; 

d. A list of disputed exhibits, with a summary of the opposing positions on each 
item, preferably presented in a chart form; 

e. A statement of disputed facts, with a summary of the opposing positions on each 
item; 

f. A list of proposed witnesses from each party, with a time estimate for each, and 
a brief description of the proposed testimony; and, 



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g. Any other matters that the parties wish to bring to the attention of the Hearing 
Officer and the Commission. 

3. Any dispositive motion(s), and/or motion(s) to exclude evidence: 

a. Any dispositive motion or motion to exclude evidence must be in writing with a 
supporting memorandum of points and authorities, and with supporting exhibits if 
needed. Any such motion(s) and all supporting papers must be submitted to the 
Commission office on or before 12:00 noon on August 21, 2000, in order to be 
considered. The motion and all supporting papers must also be delivered to the 
office of opposing counsel on or before the same date and time. 

b. Opposing counsel must either file opposition papers or a statement of non- 
opposition at the Commission office no later than 12:00 noon on Monday, August 
28, 2000, and deliver said document(s) to the office of opposing counsel on or 
before the same date and time. 

c. Reply papers may be submitted to the Commission office no later than 12:00 
noon on Wednesday August 30, 2000, and if submitted must be delivered to the 
office of opposing counsel on or before the same date and time. 

The evidentiary hearing will commence at 9:00 a.m. on Monday, August 31, 2000. If not 

completed on the 31st, the hearing will resume at 9:00 a.m. on Friday, September 1, 2000, and 
continue for the full day or until completed, whichever comes first. Requests by counsel for long 
consultations during the hearing, for continuation, will not be favorably entertained. 

The Commission hopes that a timely and fair hearing can be conducted, and the most 
expeditious use of time can be made. Thank you for your cooperation in these matters. 



Very truly yours, 




Tania Bauer 
Secretary 



cc: Russell R. Roeca, Hearing Officer/Member, Fire Commission 
Marie Coriett Blits, Deputy City Attorney 



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^MINUTES OF THE FIRE COMMISSION 

Special Meeting, July 13, 2000 - 4:30 p.m. 



698 Second Street, Room 102 ■ San Francisco ■ California ■ 94107 



Item 
No 

1. On ROLL CALL, the following were present: 

President Hadley R. Roff DOCUMENTS DEPT 

Vice President Stephen A. Nakajo 

Commissioner Russell S. Roeca SEP 2 5 2003 

Commissioner Ted N. Soulis 

Commissioner Pat Norman SAN FRANCISCO 

PUBLIC LIBRARY 
Chief of Department Robert L. Demmons 

Deputy Chief, Operations Paul J. Tabacco 

2. CONSIDERATION OF BATTALION CHIEF LEE'S MOTION FOR RECONSIDERATION 
AND CONSIDERATION OF PROPOSED FINDINGS OF FACT, INCLUDING POSSIBLE 
COMMISSION DELIBERATIONS (Continued from Meetings of 12/16/99, 1/13/00, 3/21/00, 
4/12/00 and 5/3/00). 

Formal Hearing concerning formal complaint filed by Robert L. Demmons, Chief of 
Department, on November 9, 1999, against Battalion Chief Audrey Lee for violation of the 
Rules and Regulations as follows: 

Section 3905 Unfamiliarity with Rules 

Section 3921 Inaptitude for Duty/Incompetence 

Section 3922 Acts Detrimental to Welfare of Department 

Section 3923 Disobedience 

Section 3924 Insubordination 

San Francisco Charter, Appendix A 8.400(g) 

General Rules for Establishing and Paying Compensation 

A. Consideration of Battalion Chief Lee's Motion for Reconsideration, including 
possible Commission Deliberations 

Commissioner Roeca, continuing to serve as President pro tern, established that the 
following parties were present: Michael Harris, representing Battalion Chief Audrey Lee, 
Pamela Thompson, Deputy City Attorney, representing the Fire Department, and Marie 
Blits, Deputy City Attorney, representing the Fire Commission. Also present were Tyrone 
Pruitt, President, Black Firefighters Association of San Francisco, and Battalion Chief 
Audry Lee. 

This portion of the meeting, and any possible Commission Deliberations, may 
be held in Closed Session pursuant to Government Code Section 54957. . 



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Michael Harris, counsel for Battalion Chief Audry Lee, presented the argument for the 
Motion for Reconsideration and Pamela Thompson, Deputy City Attorney, provided the 
Department's rebuttal. 

Commissioner Roeca stated that the hearing had been held in open session but that the 
Commission wished to conduct deliberations in closed session. 

1 . Vote on whether to hold Closed Session 

Commissioner Soulis moved to hold deliberations in closed session and Commissioner 
Norman seconded. The motion was unanimously approved. 

2. Public Comment on all matters pertaining to Closed Session 

There was no public comment. The Commission went into closed session at 5:00 p.m. 

3. Reconvene in Open Session 

The Commission reconvened in open session at 5:35 p.m. 

a. Possible report on action taken in Closed Session, pursuant to Government 
Code Section 54957.1 and 54957.7, and San Francisco Administrative Code 
Section 67.14(b). 

Commissioner Roeca declared that the Commission did not take any action and will 
continue to deliberate on the Motion for Reconsideration in connection with the 
Proposed Findings of Fact (Item 3.B. on the agenda). 

Commissioner Roeca requested that parties resubmit the Proposed Findings of Fact 
as a combined effort, citing the reasons for the disputed findings. 

Mr. Harris requested a stay of suspension from the Commission for Battalion Chief 
Lee until a decision had been reached by the Commission on the Motion for 
Reconsideration. Ms. Thompson objected stating that if Battalion Chief Lee should 
receive a lesser suspension he can be given back pay. 

Commissioner Roeca denied Mr. Harris' request whereupon Mr. Harris cited a 
discrepancy in the calculation of the suspension noting that this is the first time that a 
60-day suspension has been based on working days and not calendar days. He 
requested that if the sentence is imposed that it be imposed as in the past. 

Commissioner Roff stated that the application of suspension should be consistent 
and applicable in all cases with a clear understanding. He requested a written 
response on the matter from the City Attorney in advance of the next hearing. 

B. Consideration of Proposed Findings of Fact, including possible Commission 
Deliberations 

Commissioner Roeca stated that the Commission did not consider the Proposed 
Findings of Fact until parties resubmit them as a combined effort, citing the reasons for 
the disputed findings. 

3. ADJOURNMENT 

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 5:55 p.m. 

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Hadley Roff, President 
Stephen Nakajo, Vice President 
Pat Norman, Commissioner 
Russell Roeca, Commissioner 
Ted Soulis, Commissioner 

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FIRE COMMISSION 

City and County of £an Francisco 




698 Second Street 
San Francisco CA 94107 
Telephone 415.558.3451 

Fax 415.558.3413 
Tania Bauer, Secretary 

No. 00-20 



.MINUTES OF THE FIRE COMMISSION 

Regular Meeting - Thursday — Jjjly 13, 2000 - 6:00 p.m. 

698 Second Street, Room 102 



Item 
No. 



1. ON ROLL CALL, the following were noted present: 

President Hadley Roff 
Vice President Stephen A. Nakajo 
Commissioner Pat Norman 
Commissioner Russell S. Roeca 
Commissioner Ted N. Soulis 



Robert L. Demmons 
Paul J. Tabacco 
Joseph C. Asaro 



Chief of Department 
Deputy Chief, Operations 
Deputy Chief, Administration 

Assistant Deputy Chiefs - Staff : 



Lorrie A. Kalos 
Ray Balzarini 
Joanne Hayes-White 
Daniel A. Sullivan 
Gary P. Massetani 

Chief Officers - Staff: 



Management Services 
Division of Airports 
Division of Training 
Support Services 
Fire Prevention 



DOCUMENTS DEP T . 
JUI - 2 4 2000 

SAN FRANCISCO 
PUBLIC LIBRARY 



Richard C. Shortall Emergency Medical Services 

Chief Officers - Firefighting Services : 

Division 1 
Division 2 (Acting) 



Bernie F. Lee 
Frank T. Cardinale 



2. APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES 

Regular Meeting of June 22, 2000. 

Commissioner Roeca moved and Commissioner Soulis seconded. There were no questions 
or discussion and the minutes were approved as presented. 

3. CONSENT CALENDAR 

All matters listed hereunder (Items A through F) constitute a Consent Calendar, were 
considered to be routine by the Fire Commission, and were acted upon by a single roll-call 
vote of the Commission. 



Fire Commission Minutes 

July 13, 2000 Regular Meeting 

Page 2 of 6 

A. Monthly Reports 

Division of Training 

Submitting monthly report from Division of Training concerning activities performed during 
June 2000. 

Division of Fire Prevention & Investigation 

Submitting monthly report from Division of Fire Prevention & Investigation concerning 
activities performed during May 2000. 

Physician's Report 

Submitting biweekly report of Fire Department Physician concerning disability injuries, 
May 27 through June 9, 2000. 

B. Appointments 

Reporting the following PERMANENT appointments effective JUNE 18, 2000: 

H2 Firefighter 

William D. Powell Tina M. McGowan 

Edgar M. Covarrubias Jennifer L. Nymark 

Arnold Choy Christina M. Wright 

Richard Horn Brendan D. Cormack 

Joe K. Lui Sherman Tillman 

Jesse C. Bautista Sasha A. Grande 

Leonardo B. Cavestany Michael A. Cochrane 

Lawrence C. Rustia Charles F. McCoy 

Edmund G. Vail Michael D. Peterson 

Michael R. Gonzales Paul B. McDermott 

John W. Hernandez Matthew M. Cannon 

Reporting the following PROBATIONARY appointments effective JUNE 26, 2000: 
1426 Senior Clerk Typist 

Annie M. Nguy (vice: Eunice Booker, terminated after being reassigned to 1426 from PV 1220) 

Marcie A. Chapman (vice: Eunice Booker, apptd. PV 1220) 

Temporary Appointments 

Reporting having made 243 temporary appointments May 27 through June 9, 2000, and 
313 temporary appointments June 10 through June 23, 2000. 

C. Retirements 

Communications received from Retirement Board indicating the following members have retired: 
Name Rank Type of Retirement Retirement Date 

Corempas, Spiros D. H2 Firefighter Service Jun. 24, 2000 

Sullivan, Gerald R. H2 Firefighter Service Jun. 30, 2000 

Fengler, John M. H1 Fire Rescue Paramedic Ind. Dis. Feb. 15, 2000 

(Retirement Certificates will be presented at Fire Commission meeting of July 27, 2000) 



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Page 3 of 6 

D. Military Leave 

Submitting for approval application from one member for Military Leave of Absence with pay, 
in order to comply with Military Orders received from his commanding officer: 

Rank Dates Days Military Organization Purpose 

Pampanin, Vincent A. H2 06-24-00 2 US Army Res. Attend Active 

Sgt E-5 FF 06-25-00 Moffett Field, CA Duty Training 

E. Resignation 

Submitting resignation of H1 Fire Rescue Paramedic Megan Corry, effective close of 
business June 21, 2000. (Resigned in order to accept permanent 2533 position at DPH. 
Transferred from DPH 07-01-97.) 

F. Accidents 

Submitting reports and recommendations of the Accident Review Committee regarding the 
following accidents: 

Accident Serial 

No. Date No. Category Recommendation 

Engine 28 99-0-229 05-16-00 597 A File 

Off: T/Lt. Stephen Harper; Drv: FF Perry Choy 

Cause: Misjudged clearance - Eng 28, while making a right turn, scraped 
a post protecting the curb area 

Engine 21 99-0-230 05-16-00 526 B Bill 

Off: Capt. William Long; Drv: FF Jeffery Babb 

Cause: Misjudged clearance - Eng 21, while stopped, was struck by a 
civilian vehicle attempting to pass Eng 21 

Truck 13 99-0-231 05-17-00 621 B Bill 

Off: Lt. Robert Relei; Drv: FF Allen Wong; Tlr: FF Reyner Medina 

Cause: Trk 13 was struck by a civilian vehicle which was attempting to 
make a lane change 

Engine 34 99-0-232 05-19-00 593 A File 

Off: T/Lt. Frank Wong; Drv: FF Steven Miller 

Cause: Backing up - Eng 34, while backing into quarters, lightly struck 
corner of firehouse; spotters were posted 

Medic 17 99-0-233 05-21-00 723 B Bill 

Drv: FRP Michael Rambo 

Cause: Medic 17, while parked, was struck by a Muni bus attempting to 
go around the ambulance 

Engine 43 99-0-234 05-21-00 505 B Bill 

Off: Lt. Dennis Zouzounis; Drv: FF Daniel Jacobsmeyer 

Cause: Eng 43, while proceeding to an incident with red lights and siren, 
crossed the intersection after stopping at an arterial and was 
struck by a civilian vehicle which failed to heed Eng 43's siren 

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Medic 3 99-0-235 

Drv: FRP Andrew Baron 



05-21-00 



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July 13, 2000 Regular Meeting 

Page 4 of 6 

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Cause: Backing up - While at an incident, Ambulance 85 was backing 
up from a one-way street and struck Medic 3's right side mirror; 
no spotters were posted 

Medic 10 99-0-236 05-21-00 718 A 

Drv: FF/PM Alan Reynaud 

Cause: Misjudged clearance - Medic 10, while responding, struck the 
open door of a parked civilian vehicle 



Medic 12 99-0-237 

Drv: FRP James Mulholland 



05-22-00 



731 



B 



Cause: Failure to yield - Medic 12 was responding with red lights and 
siren - traffic had stopped and pulled to the right - a van pulled 
out from traffic and struck Medic 12 






Medic 3 99-0-238 

Drv: FF/PM William Madsen 



05-22-00 



Cause: Misjudged clearance - Medic 3, while exiting driveway, lightly 
struck the bumper of a parked vehicle 

Engine 10 99-0-239 05-23-00 531 B 

Off: Capt. James Connors; Drv: FF Paul Barry 

Cause: Misjudged clearance - While parked, Eng 10's open door struck 
a parked civilian vehicle 

Truck 1 99-0-240 05-25-00 613 B 

Off: T/Lt. Bruce Piatt; Drv: FF William Emde; Tin FF Michael Kirtley 

Cause: Trk 1 was responding with red lights and siren and, while making 
a left turn, struck a civilian vehicle which had stopped and then 
moved forward 

Ambulance 38 99-0-241 05-27-00 711 A 

Drv: FF Henry Choy 

Cause: Backing up - Amb 38, while backing into station, struck apparatus 
door; no spotters were posted 



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Medic 2 99-0-242 05-30-00 722 A 

Drv: FRP Martin Spalka 

Cause: Misjudged clearance - Medic 2, while responding with red lights 
and siren, struck the mirror of a double parked truck 

Category A - An accident which has occurred because of inattention to vehicle operator's and/or officer's 
responsibilities or because of misjudgment of clearance in operating apparatus near stationary objects. 
Category B - An accident in which fire department personnel exercised reasonable judgment and precautions, 
exhibited good apparatus operator's and officer's skills and observed all state, local and fire department 
statutes, ordinances and rules. 

Category C - An accident which has occurred because of apparatus operator's misjudgment of clearance, 
deficiency in defensive driving technigues, or failure to anticipate other vehicle's movements. 



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July 13, 2000 Regular Meeting 

Page 5 of 6 

Commissioner Soulis moved and Vice President Nakajo seconded. There were no 
questions or discussion and Items A through F on the Consent Calendar were approved or 
ordered filed as appropriate. 



4. REGULAR CALENDAR -NEW BUSINESS 

A. Letters of Commendation 

Submitted 10 letters commending members of the Department for response to requests for 
assistance, emergencies, or training. 

President Roff directed that these letters be acknowledged and incorporated in the minutes 
of today's meeting. 

B. Meritorious Awards 

Submitted for approval recommendations of Merit Advisory Board and Chief of Department 
for meritorious actions performed by Officers and Members of the Department, for May 
2000: 



Recipient 


Rank/Companv 


Date 


Award 


Uniformed Members 










Lance Martin 


FF 


Engine 26 


05-06-00 


Ltr. of Com. 


Jeffery Smethurst 


SFPD Reserve Police Officer 


05-06-00 


Ltr. of Com. 


John A. Diluzio 


T/Lt. 


Res. 1 


05-11-00 


Unit Citation 


Felix Duag 


FF 


Res. 1 


05-11-00 


Unit Citation 


Daniel M. O'Donnell 


FF 


Res. 1 


05-11-00 


Unit Citation 


Frank Puccetti 


FF 


Res. 1 


05-11-00 


Unit Citation 


Niels Tangherlini 


Fire Res P/M 


Medic 8 


05-11-00 


Unit Citation 


Jeff N. Rusteen 


FF/PM 


Medic 8 


05-11-00 


Unit Citation 


Gerald R. Shannon 


CAPT 


Engine 34 


05-20-00 


Class "C" 


Petra Johnson 


FF 


Com. Ctr. 


05-29-00 


Class "C" 



Commissioner Norman moved and Commissioner Roeca seconded. 

President Roff observed that the Commission has had notice, for several meetings in a row, 
of recognition for outstanding service by firefighters and paramedics, and congratulated all 
the individuals involved. 

There were no further questions or discussion and the meritorious awards were approved 
on recommendation of Merit Advisory Board and Chief of Department. 

C. Communications Received by Commission 

Six communications were received by the Commission from June 16, 2000 through July 6, 
2000. 



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D. Public Comment 

John Darmanin referred to the Advanced Life Support Engines Implementation Plan and 
wished to comment on Task 7, which is the deployment of newly graduated 
firefighters/paramedics to BLS ambulances. Mr. Darmanin was concerned that these 
firefighters/paramedics would not receive the traditional probationary period on Engines 
and Trucks, which he considers to be foundation for learning firefighting skills and gaining 
basic experience. Mr. Darmanin hoped that his concerns would be taken into account, 
since he understands that this plan is in draft format and is being circulated among the 
Divisions to obtain input. 

Dennis Kruger, Director, San Francisco Firefighters Local 798, informed the Commission 
that he is waiting for permission from the Department to mount the next ten plaques 
(Death-in-line-of-Duty). Mr. Kruger noted that it is a slow process but plaques now have 
been mounted on Station 13, Station 1, Station 2, and Station 7. 

5. ADJOURNMENT 

There being no further business to come before the Commission, the meeting was 
adjourned at 6:15 p.m. 



Tania Bauer 
Secretary 



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Public Comment Statement - This 
summary statement is provided by 
the speaker and is neither generated 
by, nor are its contents subject to 
Jill) L\ ZUUU approval by, the Fire Commission 

Tan i a. 

Please include the following statement with the July 13, 2000 
minutes. 

Thanks, 

John Darmanin 



I have reviewed a draft copy of the Advanced Life Support (ALS) 
Engines Implementation Plan, which appears to be endorsed by 
Chief Demmons and the entire staff at our EMS section. I am 
particularly concerned with Task #7 on page 4. It states: 

"Deploy new FF/PM's and eliminate BLS program. The 
First 36 hires will simply replace firefighter/EMTs assigned to BLS 
ambulances. There will be no operational changes. All 
ambulances remain staffed with 2 paramedics. " 

This proposal severely undermines the ability of these new hires to 
receive the necessary "on the job training" during their 
probationary period. Forcing new hire FF/PM's to staff 
ambulances puts them and their co-workers at increased risk at a 
fire scene. 

The experience and training they need to keep them and their co- 
workers alive can only be obtained in the field during their first 
year of probationary status. 



Public Comment Statement - This 
summary statement is provided by 
the speaker and is neither generated 
by, nor are its contents subject to 
Tania approval by, the Fire Commission 

Please print the following 148 words in the minutes for the July 13, 2000 Fire Commission meeting. 
Thank you, 
David Shapona 



Dear Fire Commissioners: 



I am a resident of San Francisco and a member of the San Francisco Fire 
Department. 

I have written letters to California Attorney General Bill Lockyer, San 
Francisco District Attorney Terence Hallinan and Human Resources Director 
Andrea Gourdine. 

I have officially requested an investigation of whether Chief Demmons did 
in fact personally intervene in and interfere with the civil service hiring process as 
reported in the Chronicle on June 19, 2000, and whether these actions 
constituted preferences on the basis of race or national origin in violation of 
Proposition 209. 

The story reported that Demmons improperly ordered the medical 
clearance of an applicant who had previously failed a medical examination and 
happens to be the grandson of former San Francisco Supervisor Francois. 

These allegations raise serious questions about the integrity of the 
appointment process for entry into the San Francisco Fire Department. 



Sincerely, 
David Shapona 



Machinery Sales and Consulting, Inc. 



Jolinda RlzJey Sim Telephone 4 1 5-44 1-1318 

Fax 415-673-3462 
957 Lombard Street 
San Francisco. CA 94133 



June 12,2000 



Chief of Department Robert Demmons 
San Francisco Fire Department 
698 Second Street 
San Francisco, CA 94 1 07 

Dear Chief Demmons : 

I live next door to 953 Lombard Street, the site of a two-alarm predawn fire which 
occurred on Thursday morning, June 8. I was out of town that morning, but my husband, 
Doug was here. 

I want to thank the Incident Commander, Chief Bernie Lee, and his crew for so 
persistently making sure Doug woke up and got out, and insuring the safety of the 
residents and neighbors of 953 Lombard. 

As a longtime American Red Cross Disaster Services responder, I've worked many fires 
and other disasters and helped displaced residents deal with the resulting aftereffects and 
loss. 

I've always known that the San Francisco Fire Department is the best, and am now more 
convinced than ever. Please accept my deepest gratitude for the fine work of Chief Lee 
and his responders. 




JoHhda Sim 

/J ' 

cc: Asst. Chief Bernie Lee 




Grover Beach Fire Department 



20 June 2000 

Lt. Nicol P. Juratovac 

San Francisco Fire Dept. 

698 Second Street. 

San Francisco CA 94 1 07-2 105 

Dear Lt. Juratovac: 

I would like to thank you for your help in scheduling my ride-along with your department. 
I would also like to extend my sincere appreciation to the station 5 crew on 1 7 and 1 8 June 
for there warm hospitality during my ride-along. The whole crew took time to answer my 
questions and give me a lot of insight of the San Francisco Fire Department. Please extend 
my thanks to the station. 

I look forward to visiting your City again. 

Best regards 



Jonn W. Hutchison 



Captain 
ag/JWH 



P.O. Box 365 • Grover Beach, CA 93483 • (805) 473-4590 • Fax (805) 489-9657 

Visit our website at www.grover.org 



SAN FRANCISCO 


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June 7, 2000 



Chief Robert Demmons 
San Francisco Fire Department 
698 Second Street, Room 218 
San Francisco, C A 94107 

Dear Chief Demmons: 

ZooFest for Kids! 2000 took place on Friday, June 2nd with approximately 1,600 adults 
and children attending. This most unique fund raising event was a tremendous success 
and raised over $150,000 in revenue which will be utilized to support our San Francisco 
Zoo programs in worldwide wildlife conservation and education. 

Thank you for your donation of an interactive exhibit and giveaways. Your participation 
played an important role in the ultimate success of this educational, fun-filled, family 
event which sells out each year. 

Enclosed please find a ZooFest for Kids! 2000 program in which your contribution is 
gratefully acknowledged. We are also pleased to provide you with San Francisco Zoo 
Guest Passes and a map which we hope you may use soon to enjoy a day at your San 
Francisco Zoo! 

Once again, thank you for your continued, generous support of our San Francisco Zoo. 
We look forward to working with you again in the future. 



Sincerely, 

Terri Tarantino 
Director of Events 



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Enclosure 



The San Francisco Zoological Society 

1 Zoo Road 

San Francisco, CA 94132-1098 

(415) 753-7o8o 

Fax (415) 681-Z039 



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June 7, 2000 

Robert Demmons, Chief of Department 
San Francisco Fire Department 
698 2 nd Street 
San Francisco, CA 94107 

Dear Chief Demmons, 

On behalf of the students and staff of the Berkeley High School Student Learning Center, I 
would like to express deep appreciation for the wonderful presentation organized and performed 
by four caring and dedicated San Francisco firefighters. On May 19, 2000, Jennifer Matthews 
and Christine Williams of Engine 21, and Rob Jones of Medic 10 visited our program to share 
their experiences as firefighters and to answer student questions. Michelle McCoy, also of 
Engine 21, arranged the event. 

The goal of our program is to provide academic and personal support to foster development of 
well-rounded students. Our Fridays are dedicated to presentations and discussions that address 
issues and concerns that affect our students. This includes efforts to introduce them to various 
career options as a way of encouraging them to think critically about their futures. 

The firefighter presentation was the best Friday event of this semester. Students and staff alike 
were thrilled. The students watched a training video, tried on equipment, and discussed the 
intricacies of the firefighting profession. Jennifer, Christine and Rob responded to the students 
honestly and openly, letting the students know that their questions were important. The 
presenters' obvious respect for and interest in the students was apparent and in turn encouraged 
student confidence and enthusiasm. The presenters succeeded at keeping all students engaged in 
the discussion and activities for all eight periods of the academic day. We were thoroughly 
impressed and are extremely grateful to Jennifer, Christine, Rob and Michelle. 




Erin O'Brien 

Student Learning Center 



CYNTHIA BARON INTERIORS 



229 JERSEY STREET SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94114 PHONE — 415 282 4486 FAX—415 282 4405 



JUNE 15.2000 

CHIEF ROBERT DEMMONS 
CHIEF OF DEPARTMENT 
698 SECOND STREET 
SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94107 

DEAR CHIEF DEMMONS: 

I HAVE IN THE PAST SEEN THE S. F. FIREFIGHTERS GOING TO THE AID OF OUR GOOD 
NEIGHBOR, MR. GABE WAISVISZ. AT 230 JERSEY STREET. IT WAS COMFORTING TO SEE THE 
QUICK AND CAREFUL ATTENTION THAT HE RECEIVED AT THEIR HANDS. 

HOWEVER, NO ONE CAN FULLY APPRECIATE THE IMPACT OF SUCH SERVICE 
UNTIL IT COMES HOME TO YOU, PERSONALLY. 

LAST MONDAY, JUNE 12, AT 8:10 A.M., MY HUSBAND AL BARON WAS SUDDENLY TAKEN ILL. 
I DIALED 91 1 AND WITHIN 4 MINUTES YOUR RESCUE TEAM WAS IN MY HOME AT 
229 JERSEY. THEY WERE COMPETENT, EFFECTIVE, CAREFUL AND VERY KIND. 
THEY HELPED ALLAY MY FEARS AND CONCENTRATED FULLY ON THE JOB AT HAND. 

FORTUNATELY, THIS STORY HAS A HAPPY ENDING. AFTER SPENDING THE DAY IN 
KAISER'S EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT, MY DEAR HUSBAND IS SAFELY BACK HOME AGAIN. 

I WISH TO COMMEND THE 26™ STREET STATION MEMBERS WHO RESPONDED SO PERFECTLY 
TO OUR NEED. 

THREE CHEERS FOR LT. CREMEN AND FIREFIGHTERS LUCEY AND YUP AND DICKER. 

OUR HEARTFELT THANKS TO YOU ALL. 



MOST SINCERELY, 




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HIA BARON 



CO 26 th STATION 



Ebenezer Lutheran Church 

678 Portola Drive. San Francisco CA 94127 




June 27, 2000 



Chief Robert Demmons 

San Francisco Fire Department 

698 - 2 nd Street 

San Francisco, CA 94107 



Dear Chief Demmons, 

We want to express our appreciation for one of the members of your department, Doug 
Roberts. Doug is also a member of our congregation. He and his family actively support the 
work and community outreach of Ebenezer Lutheran Church. 

One of our programs, Bay Area Ventures, provides outings, fellowship and community building 
for seniors. Doug has been volunteering as a driver and program assistant. His friendly nature 
and concern for the "adventurers" has been a real asset to the program. 

Monthly the program provides some 20 to 30 seniors a day of sight seeing, transportation, 
friendship and educational opportunities. Our trips have included Angel Island, Napa Valley, 
local sites, Elkhorn Slough and Santa Cruz. 

On June 14 our venture was to the Roaring Railroad Camp in Felton to ride the steam train and 
enjoy the Chuckwagon Barbecue. As you may recall this was the hottest day of the year - or 
was it the hottest day ever? It was 106 in the Santa Cruz, breezeless, mountains. As you might 
imagine this was not the easiest trip for seniors. Two in our group got sick. One woman fainted 
during the train ride. 

Fortunately Doug Roberts sprang into action and cared for her and clamed not only our group but 
all those on the train trip. The group has always appreciated having a paramedic along, and this 
day proved the point. In addition to providing the needed first aid, Doug, was able to give 
comfort to the distressed seventy-five year old spouse. 

We just wanted to acknowledge this kindness and our gratitude to all those who serve our city 
and its people through the fire department - on and off duty! 

Thanks, on behalf of the people of Ebenezer Lutheran Church and its community, 

The Rev. Stacy Boom, Interim Pastor 
Copy: Doug Roberts 




June 06, 2000 
Deputy Chief Tabacco, 



Chief Tabacco, I wanted to send you a brief note to let you and the members of your 
Department know how much our department appreciates all the assistance we have 
received on June 3 rd especially, and many other occasions of late. As Chief of a small 
Department we rely heavily on help from others but none more enjoyable than the time 
spent working along side of professionals working in your department. We have an 
exceptional relationship with Eng. Co. # 25 and Eng. Co. #17 because we work more 
closely within their districts, but admire the professional manor of all Companies with 
witch we have worked . Your department has always backed us in any situation 
and we plan to help your department as best we can whenever called upon. I plan to work 
with Chief Nolan and Capt. Bradford in effort to restore all equipment used or damaged 
while assisting us on the shipboard fire June 3 rd and if anything else comes up please feel 
free to call me. Again it is our pleasure to work alongside of the men and women of San 
Fransisco Fire Department and look forward to a long relationship. Thank You Once 
More. 



Respectfully, 



Anthony W. Fields 
Fire Chief Hunters Point 
Naval Shipyard 



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May 15, 2000 



Michael Kearney 

San Francisco Fire Department 

Battalion One 

698 Second Street 

San Francisco, CA 94107 

Dear Chief Kearney: 

I write to commend the firefighters of the Battalion One who came to our aid this past Tuesday at Macy's. 
The very fast response and equally swift control of the fire ensured the safety of all and certainly 
minimized damages. The Arson Task Force is also to be commended for its quick work in identifying the 
starter of the fire. 



I enclose a check for $1000.00 for the San Francisco Fire Fighters "Toys for Tots" program as a token of 
our gratitude to all. 




leunier 
tecutive Vice President 
temal Affairs 



cc: Mayor Willie L. Brown, Jr. 



PO. Box 7888 • San Francisco CA 94120 



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Stephen Nakajo, Vice President 
Pat Norman, Commissioner 
Russell Roeca, Commissioner 
Ted Soulis, Commissioner 



FIRE COMMISSION 

City and County of £an Francisco 




698 Second Street 
San Francisco CA 94107 
Telephone 415.558.3451 

Fax 415.558.3413 
Tania Bauer, Secretary 

No. 00-22 



^MINUTES OF THE FIRE COMMISSION 

Special Meeting, Thursday, July 27, 2000 - 4:30 p.m. 

698 Second Street, Room 102 ■ San Francisco ■ California ■ 94107 



Item 
No 



1. On ROLL CALL, the following were noted present: 



President 
Vice President 
Commissioner 
Commissioner 
Commissioner 

Chief of Department 

2. CLOSED SESSIONS 

Closed Session 1 



Hadley R. Roff 
Stephen A. Nakajo 
Russell S. Roeca 
Ted N. Soulis 
Pat Norman 

Robert L. Demmons 



DOCUMENTS De PT 

S£P ' I 2SC3 



Pursuant to the Ralph M. Brown Act, Government Code Section 54947, and the San 
Francisco Administrative Code Section 67.10(b), the Fire Commission will meet in closed 
session for the performance evaluation (Merit Pay - MOU) of Public Employee Robert L. 
Demmons, Chief of Department, and 

Closed Session 2 

Pursuant to the Ralph M. Brown Act, Government Code Section 54947 and 54954.5, and 
the San Francisco Administrative Code Section 67.10(b), the Fire Commission will meet in 
closed session to consider nomination of candidates for appointment as Chief of 
Department to be transmitted to the Mayor. 

1. Commissioner Roeca moved for both closed sessions and Commissioner Soulis 
seconded. The Commission went into Closed Session 1 at 4:40 p.m. 

2. There was no public comment pertaining to either Closed Session 1 or Closed Session 2. 

3. The Commission reconvened in open session 4:55 p.m. Commissioner Norman moved 
and Commissioner Nakajo seconded not disclose any discussion, but to disclose the 
action taken in Closed Session 1 . 



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The Commission unanimously decided that Robert L. Demmons, Chief of 
Department, should receive a five percent merit pay award in accordance with the 
applicable provisions of the MEA's Memorandum of Understanding. 

4. The Commission went into Closed Session 2 at 5:00 p.m. 

5. The Commission reconvened in open session at 6:30 p.m. Commissioner Roeca moved 
and Commissioner Soulis seconded not to disclose any action or discussion held in 
Closed Session 2 . 

3. ADJOURNMENT 

There being no further business, the Special Meeting was adjourned at 6:30 p.m. 



Tania Bauer 
Commission Secretary 



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FIRE COMMISSION 

City and County of San Francisco 



Hadley Roff, President 
Stephen Nakajo, Vice President 
Pat Norman, Commissioner 
Russell Roeca, Commissioner 
Ted Soulis, Commissioner 



27/00 




698 Second Street 
San Francisco CA 94107 
Telephone 415.558.3451 

Fax 415.558.3413 
Tania Bauer, Secretary 



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MINUTES OF THE FIRE COMMISSION 



No. 00-21 



Regular Meeting - Thursday -July 27, 2000 - 6:00 p.m. 

698 Second StreeCRoom 102 



Item 
No! 

1. 



ON ROLL CALL, the following were noted present: 

President Hadley Roff 
Vice President Stephen A. Nakajo 
Commissioner Pat Norman 
Commissioner Russell S. Roeca 
Commissioner Ted N. Soulis 

Robert L. Demmons - Chief of Department 

Paul J. Tabacco - Deputy Chief, Operations 

Joseph C. Asaro - Deputy Chief, Administration 

Assistant Deputy Chiefs - Staff : 

Khairul A. AN - Management Services (Acting) 



DOCUMENTS DEPT. 

AUG - 7 2000 

SAN FRANCISCO 
PUBLIC LIBRARY 



Ray Balzarini 
Daniel A. Sullivan 
Gary P. Massetani 

Chief Officers - Staff: 



Division of Airports 
Support Services 
Fire Prevention 



Richard C. Shortall 
Marshal Isaacs, M.D. 



- Emergency Medical Services 

- Emergency Medical Services 

Chief Officers - Firefightinq Services : 



Johnny R. Lo 
Frank Cercos 
Robert G. Boudoures 



- Division 1 (Acting) 

- Division 2 

- Division 3 (Acting) 



2. APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES 

Regular Meeting of July 13, 2000. 

Commissioner Norman moved and Vice President Nakajo seconded. There were no 
questions or discussion and the minutes were approved as presented. 



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3. CONSENT CALENDAR 



All matters listed hereunder (Items A through F) constitute a Consent Calendar, were 
considered to be routine by the Fire Commission, and were acted upon by a single roll-call 
vote of the Commission. 

A. Monthly Reports 

Division of Fire Prevention & Investigation 

Submitting monthly report from Division of Fire Prevention & Investigation concerning 
activities performed during June 2000. 

Division of Management Services 

Submitting monthly report from Division of Management Services concerning activities 
performed during June 2000. 

B. Appointments 

Temporary Appointments 

Reporting having made 322 temporary appointments June 24 through July 7, 2000. 

C. Retirements 

Communications received from Retirement Board indicating the following members have retired: 

Name 

Garcia, Philip F. 
Cutone, Robert C. 
Artemoff, George S. 
Moeller, Joel 
Zanini, Ray W. 
Lavelle, David J. Jr. 
Paul, Allan R. 
Rogers, Michael R. 
Adams, David J. 
Barbara, Robert A. 
Canada, John K. 
Crivello, Donald J. 
Fisher, Robert L. 
Keane, James F. 
Kosta, Richard A. 
Pharis, Ronald W. 
Quinn, Wallace G. 
Thiebaut, Gary. E. 
Koon, Carl B. 

(Retirement Certificates will be presented at Fire Commission meeting of September 27, 2000) 

D. Military Leaves 

Submitting for approval applications from two members for Military Leaves of Absence with 
pay, in order to comply with Military Orders received from their commanding officers: 



Rank 


Type of Retirement 


Retirement Date 


H40 Battalion Chief 


Service 


Jul. 01,2000 


H22 Lieutenant, BFP 


Service 


Jul. 08, 2000 


H20 Lieutenant 


Service 


Jul. 05, 2000 


H20 Lieutenant 


Service 


Jul. 05, 2000 


H20 Lieutenant 


Service 


Jul. 05, 2000 


H10 Chiefs Aide 


Service 


Jul. 08, 2000 


H10 Chiefs Aide 


Service 


Jul. 03, 2000 


H10 Chiefs Aide 


Service 


Jul. 08, 2000 


H4 Inspector 


Service 


Jul. 05, 2000 


H2 Firefighter 


Service 


Jul. 06, 2000 


H2 Firefighter 


Service 


Jul. 04, 2000 


H2 Firefighter 


Service 


Jul. 07, 2000 


H2 Firefighter 


Service 


Jul. 02, 2000 


H2 Firefighter 


Service 


Jul. 08, 2000 


H2 Firefighter 


Service 


Jul. 08, 2000 


H2 Firefighter 


Service 


Jul. 01,2000 


H2 Firefighter 


Service 


Jul. 05, 2000 


H2 Firefighter 


Service 


Jul. 01,2000 


1844 Sr. Mgt. Asst. 


Service 


Jul. 22, 2000 



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Rank 


Dates 


Days 


Military Organization 


Purpose 


Simon, Ramon 
E5 Sgt. 


H2 
FF 


07-16-00 

thru 
07-28-00 


9 


US Army Res. 
Ft. McCoy, Wl 


Attend Active 
Duty Training 


Varona, Wilfredo 
Tech Sgt. 


H2 
FF 


07-16-00 
07-17-00 


2 


US Air Force Res. 
Travis AFB, CA 


Attend Active 
Duty Training 


Suspension 













Reporting suspension of H3 Firefighter/Paramedic John Drake, Medic 15, for two days, June 
25 and 26, 2000, for violation of Section 3926 of the Rules and Regulations 
(Tardiness/Failure to Report). 

F. Accidents 

Submitting reports and recommendations of the Accident Review Committee regarding the 
following accidents: 



Accident 
No. 



Date 



Serial 
No. 



Category 



Recommendation 



Truck 16 99-0-243 05-07-00 614 A 

Off: Capt. Ray Guzman; Drv: FF Brendan Cormack; Tlr: FF Frank Martin 

Cause: Misjudged clearance - Driver failed to place apparatus "ready" for 
Immediate response, thereby damaging the diamond plate 



File 



Engine 36 99-0-244 05-24-00 514 B 

Off: T/Lt. Paul Urquiaga; Drv: FF Sean Johnston 

Cause: Eng 36, responding with red lights and siren, struck civilian auto 
that had stopped while changing lanes to clear right of way for 
Eng 36 



Bill 



Engine 21 99-0-245 05-26-00 

Off: Lt. Michael Drake; Drv: FF Karen Heald 



526 



B 



Cause: Eng 21, while changing lanes, lightly scratched a civilian auto; 

newly installed communications equipment on Eng 21 obstructed 
driver's view 



File 



Engine 2 99-0-246 05-28-00 529 A 

Off: T/Capt. Alexander King; Drv: FF David Thompson 

Cause: Misjudged clearance - While returning from an incident, Eng 2 

lightly struck a parked Muni bus as the driver of Eng 2 attempted to 
maneuver around the bus. 



File 



Medic 14 99-0-247 05-29-00 

Drv: FR Paramedic Michael Arsanis 



730 



B 



Cause: Failure to yield - While attempting to change lanes, Medic 14 was 
struck by a civilian vehicle that attempted to pass Medic 14 

ResAmb32 99-0-248 05-31-00 715 A 

Drv: FF Clyde Watarai 

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Cause: Misjudged clearance - ResAmb 32 struck overhead tree branch 
while attempting to place the unit at a medical incident 

Medic 1 99-0-249 06-02-00 732 B File 

Drv: FF/PM Norman Caba 

Cause: Hit and run - When the paramedics returned to the parked 
ambulance, the right side mirror was knocked off 

Hosetender13 99-0-250 06-05-00 809 A File 

Off: Capt. Robert Imbellino; Drv: FF Tracy Cavaretta 

Cause: Misjudged clearance - While backing up, AHT 13 struck a bollard 
protecting the fuel pump; no spotters were posted 

B.O.E. 99-0-251 06-08-00 972 A File 

Drv: FF William Ang 

Cause: While delivering supplies, BOE driver failed to notice that the car 

in front had stopped and lightly scraped the bumper of civilian auto 

Medic 35 99-0-252 06-08-00 717 B File 

Drv: FF/PM Timothy Fewell 

Cause: Failure to yield - Medic 35, while responding with red lights and 
siren, was struck by a civilian vehicle that had started to move 
before Medic 35 had completed the right turn 

Medic 41 99-0-253 06-08-00 A File 

Drv: FF/PM Jonathan Baxter 

Cause: Misjudged clearance - While returning from an incident, Medic 41 
lightly clipped a parked vehicle when attempting to avoid a tour 
bus which was making a tight turn 

Medic 7 99-0-254 06-08-00 734 A File 

Drv: FF/PM Patrick Sabia 

Cause: Misjudged clearance - Medic 7, while backing into quarters, struck 
the lockers on the apparatus floor 

Category A - An accident which has occurred because of inattention to vehicle operator's and/or officer's 
responsibilities or because of misjudgment of clearance in operating apparatus near stationary objects. 

Category B - An accident in which fire department personnel exercised reasonable judgment and precautions, 
exhibited good apparatus operator's and officer's skills and observed all state, local and fire department 
statutes, ordinances and rules. 

Category C - An accident which has occurred because of apparatus operator's misjudgment of clearance, 
deficiency in defensive driving techniques, or failure to anticipate other vehicle's movements. 

Commissioner Roeca moved and Commissioner Norman seconded. There were no 
questions or discussion and Items A through F on the Consent Calendar were approved or 
ordered filed as appropriate. 



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4. REGULAR CALENDAR -NEW BUSINESS 



A. Letters of Commendation 



Submitted eleven letters commending members of the Department for response to requests 
for assistance, emergencies, or training. 

President Roff directed that these letters be acknowledged and incorporated in the minutes 
of today's meeting. 

B. Chief of Department's Monthly Report 

Submitted monthly report from Chief of Department on monthly status of department 
personnel, equipment and apparatus for June 2000. 

Commissioner Norman moved and Vice President Nakajo seconded. There were no 
questions or discussion and the monthly report of Chief of Department was approved. 

C. Communications Received by Commission 

Twelve communications were received by the Commission from July 6, 2000 through July 
20, 2000: 

Prior to Public Comment, President Roff referred to the press conference held this day by the 
Mayor and the Chief, confirming his retirement. President Roff acknowledged that Chief 
Demmons was retiring from a challenging and difficult job, and lauded his achievements. He 
cited the transforming changes that had occurred during Chief Demmons' tenure, which include 
the EMS merger, the opening of the 911 Communications Center and, most importantly, the 
historic integration of the department. 

President Roff pointed out that the most enduring legacy left by Chief Demmons is that the 
department is one of the most integrated in the nation, if not the most, and it is the full intent of 
the Commission to ensure that this high standard is maintained. President Roff congratulated 
Chief Demmons on his retirement and offered his best wishes to him and Mrs. Demmons. 

Chief Demmons thanked President Roff and responded that he had entered the Fire 
Department to fight fires and save lives but somewhere along the way he became involved in 
other matters. He believed changes and difficult decisions needed to be made that affected 
individuals and their families on all sides, and although they were not personal, many times they 
were perceived as such. As the 18 th Chief, he acknowledged the contributions of previous 
Chiefs and noted that they had done what they considered to be their duty and obligation. 

Chief Demmons reiterated that there must be mutual respect in the department and there must 
be for everyone the right to work and to advance. He stated that he had considered retirement 
at various times during his career but always felt that he had not completed the work that he had 
started. Chief Demmons referred to a reporter's question this morning regarding what he 
considered his greatest accomplishment. He responded that it was the empowerment of the 
men and women of the department. 

Chief Demmons noted that he was held in contempt of court by the Court Monitor because he 
would not hire a management consultant, believing that the men and women of the department 
could put together an effective management plan and implement it. The resulting 
accomplishments were not his but those of each member who participated. 



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In closing, Chief Demmons re-emphasized that respect for each other is tantamount and that 
speaking out and standing up for principles is essential, especially when disrespect has been 
shown either to individuals or to the department. He believes that if that is understood and 
carried out, the department will continue accomplishing the goals it sets and will be 
acknowledged throughout the city, the country and the world. 

D. Public Comment 

John Darmanin wished to point out that Item 4.C. on the calendar had been skipped. The 
Secretary responded that item 4.C. was solely a listing of Communications that were 
received by the Commission and that comment on the overall communications would be 
accepted but comment on an individual communication was not pertinent. 

Mr. Darmanin explained that he was not providing comment but seeking clarification on Item 
4 on the list - a letter from the Mayor regarding the retirement of the Chief of Department 
dated July 11, 2000. Mr. Darmanin was curious why it had not been included on the list for 
last meeting's agenda. President Roff responded that the letter had not arrived in time for 
inclusion. 

Commissioner Soulis stated that he would not defend himself but would comment on the 
July 14 th Matier and Ross article. He referred to the comments that were quoted but insisted 
that some were taken out of context. Commissioner Soulis explained that his comments 
were directed to the old boy's network that has fought diversity and the integration of this 
department and continues to do so. He noted that he was on the Commission when a 
federal court found the department to be out of control and his greatest concern was that the 
department would return to this. He stated that that period was very disruptive, with many 
individuals and many families hurt. 

Commissioner Soulis continued that it had only been two years since the Consent Decree 
was lifted and already there were rumblings which manifested themselves in the 
anonymously published Smoke Eaters Gazette - a publication apparently produced by 
firefighters disgruntled by changes that ended what once was a department dominated by 
white males renowned for intolerance. Furthermore, no one called him from Matier and Ross 
to verify his comments yet, based on their article, a letter was written to the editor of the 
Chronicle and the Main Line, and a special edition was published. In closing, Commissioner 
Soulis stated that only one person had called him to verify the statements attributed to him 
and that was Mayor Brown. He related to the Mayor what was true and what was taken out 
of context, and reiterated his concerns regarding current matters affecting the department. 
Mr. Soulis apologized to firefighters that were new to the department since he did not intend 
to offend them. 

President Roff stated he and the other Commissioners did not subscribe to Commissioner 
Soulis' comments in the Chronicle. He believes that the department has made a great deal 
of progress in eliminating bias and promoting racial and gender equality. The dedication, 
courage and commitment of all firefighters were visibly expressed at the fires he had 
attended. Additionally, the department had undergone transformation and great change with 
new firefighters, and many others, strong in their resolve to strengthen and maintain the 
progress that has been made. President Roff reiterated that the statements, which appeared 
in the press, are not shared by this Commission. 

Commissioner Norman wished to present a draft resolution. In addition, she wished to 
underline her support of President Roff's letter denouncing the remarks which were 
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WHEREAS, a recent newspaper article attributed insulting and derogatory remarks 
about San Francisco firefighters to a member of the San Francisco Fire Commission, 
and; 

WHEREAS, upon publication of the newspaper article the President of the San 
Francisco Fire Commission issued an immediate denunciation of the remarks in a 
letter, and; 

WHEREAS, the President's letter states that the remarks attributed to one 
Commissioner are unfounded and unjust insults which do not represent the views of 
the San Francisco Fire Commission, and; 

WHEREAS, the San Francisco Fire Commission wishes to join in the President's letter 
and denounces the newspaper remarks in the strongest possible terms; now therefore, 
be it 

RESOLVED, that the San Francisco Fire Commission hereby honors and 
acknowledges the men and women of the San Francisco Fire Department for their 
intelligence, integrity, and devotion to duty during a time of great change in both this 
Fire Department and the Fire Service nationwide; and be it 

FURTHER RESOLVED, that the San Francisco Fire Commission hereby adopts the 
text of the President's July 14, 2000 letter, attached hereto, as the official statement of 
this Commission in response to the remarks attributed to one Commissioner in the July 
14, 2000 edition of the San Francisco Chronicle. 

Commissioner Soulis stated that based on the resolution by Commissioner Norman, it 
would be appropriate for the Commission to vote for him to resign. He added that even 
though he was hired by the Mayor and, therefore, should be discharged by the Mayor, he 
would abide by the vote of the Commission. Commissioner Norman responded that it was 
not the responsibility of the Commission to direct his actions. If he were ready to resign, it 
would be his responsibility and his obligation. Commissioner Soulis disagreed and stated 
that the Commission should have the authority to vote him out. Commissioner Norman re- 
iterated that this was not the responsibility of the Commission. 

Commissioner Roeca moved that the draft resolution be placed on the agenda of the 
August 10, 2000, regular Commission meeting, and that there should be no further 
discussion of the draft resolution. Commissioner Nakajo seconded, and the motion was 
approved. 

John Hanley, President, Local 798, wished to read a formal statement that had been sent 
to the press three days ago but as yet had not appeared in any newspaper: 

The officers and members of the San Francisco Firefighters Local 798 congratulate 
Chief Bob Demmons on his many years of courage, dedication and service to the City 
and County of San Francisco. We thank him for his lifelong commitment to the citizens of 
our great city. 

The Members of Local 798 



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Mr. Hanley added that even though he and Chief Demmons had been at odds over some 
issues, they fell under the labor and management heading, but on core issues, Chief 
Demmons was there for the firefighters, time and again. Mr. Hanley noted that when 
members were hurt or severely injured at fires, Chief Demmons had always been there. He 
thanked the Chief for his time and devotion to the citizens of San Francisco. 

Mr. Hanley addressed the Commission and stated that on behalf of Local 798 he must 
respond to the unwarranted attack by Commissioner Soulis on the members of the 
department who risk their lives on a daily basis in order to protect the citizens of San 
Francisco. Mr. Hanley noted that San Francisco firefighters contribute time and money to 
many good causes, such as the Burn Center and the Toy Program. 

In responding to Commissioner Soulis' comment that fire fighting is not rocket science, Mr. 
Hanley stated that it requires the ability to think clearly and respond quickly to varied 
situations - medical emergencies, industrial accidents, hazardous material spills, auto 
accidents, earthquakes, and the most dangerous, fighting fires. In response to 
Commissioner Soulis' charge of racism, Mr. Hanley noted that presently 40% of the 
department consists of minorities and women. In closing, Mr. Hanley pointed out that 
Commissioner Soulis' divisive remarks and contemptuous attitude toward members of the 
department make him unfit to serve as a Commissioner. (Statement attached) 

John Darmanin, Firefighter, referred to Commissioner Soulis' comment regarding that no 
one from the newspaper called him to verify his remarks and not to believe everything one 
reads in the paper. Mr. Darmanin informed the Commission that he had a conversation 
with Commissioner Soulis following the last Commission meeting during which time his 
video camera recorded 18 minutes of comments that were far worse than what appeared 
in the newspaper. Mr. Darmanin offered the tape to anyone who wished to view it. He 
concluded that it is possible that Commissioner Soulis was correct when he stated not to 
believe what is in the paper since there was so much more. 

Mr. Darmanin stated that he had received dozens of email voicing similar outrage at 
Commissioner Soulis' insensitive remarks. Without debate, Commissioner Soulis had 
challenged not only the integrity and professionalism of firefighters but also insulted their 
intelligence. Mr. Darmanin based his comments not only on the Matier and Ross article but 
also on the comments he made in front of his family at the previous Commission meeting 
which were recorded on videotape. Mr. Darmanin stated that both he and his family were 
offended by Commissioner Soulis' remarks. Furthermore, based on communication within 
the Fire Department, the overwhelming majority of the firefighters were also offended. Mr. 
Darmanin noted that it was also apparent that President Roff and the members of the 
Commission resented the remarks. He urged Commissioner Soulis to resign and put the 
matter to rest since that would be the honorable thing to do. (Statement attached) 

Chadwick Ertola, Firefighter, stated that he had delivered a letter to the Commission and 
intended for Commissioner Soulis, with over 450 signatures from active firefighters in all 
ranks of the department. Mr. Ertola stated that the undersigned uniformed members of the 
department demand the immediate resignation of Commissioner Soulis for his recently 
published comments since he had publicly defamed and ridiculed each firefighter, 
paramedic, officers and chief and by doing so, he had caused public disrespect for the 
entire San Francisco Fire Department, the Fire Commission and Mayor Brown. 

Furthermore, Commissioner Soulis had insulted the courage and honor of the 143 brave 
firefighters who had given their lives in the line of duty and whose names are inscribed on 
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San Francisco Chronicle, Matier & Ross column, indicate that he lacks the professionalism 
and the character required of a member of the Fire Commission. 

Mr. Ertola pointed out the variety of backgrounds (cultural, ethnic and educational), 
interests, and affiliations of the department's firefighters and noted that Commissioner 
Soulis had managed to insult them all by his disparaging statements, and should not be 
allowed to sit in judgement of matters, including disciplinary, that affect the careers and 
lives of members of this department. (Statement attached) 

Commissioner Soulis wished to rebut Mr. Ertola's public comment and was ruled out. of 
order by President Roff. At this point, Commissioner Soulis asked to be excused from the 
rest of the meeting, and left the meeting room. 

Da Rand Shari Ah, Paramedic, thanked Chief Demmons for his contributions to the 
department, especially the EMS merger, which provided an opportunity for paramedics to 
cross-train as firefighters. He noted that bringing the two together could be likened to a 
marriage, with its attendant problems but with everyone trying to get along. Mr. Shari Ah 
pointed out that almost 80% of Paramedics are cross-trained by now, and again thanked 
the Chief for the opportunities he had provided. Furthermore, he wished the Commission, 
as it seeks a new Chief, would consider the officers present in the front row to since they 
are competent and are prepared to lead this department. 

Chief Demmons wished to comment on the efforts of the Paramedics and the many 
stressful situations which occur during their workday, from individuals who do not want to 
be treated to those who attack the individuals trying to help them. He wished their bravery 
to be recognized. 

John Murphy, Battalion Chief, Bureau of Assignments, stated that he had full respect for 
Chief Demmons - for what he had accomplished in life and what he had accomplished in 
the Fire Department. Mr. Murphy remarked that he was tired of the adversarial 
relationships between certain groups in the department, and urged all those present to go 
beyond those adversarial relationships and to work together to solve existing problems. He 
believed that there is an opportunity for change now and the need, more than ever, to 
work together. 

Kenneth Smith, Firefighter, stated that he was a new firefighter and that some of 
Commissioner Soulis remarks had hurt him and his fellow firefighters in the field. Mr. Smith 
believed what Chief Demmons had tried to accomplish was to create a diverse department 
that was open minded and willing to accept change. As a new firefighter, Mr. Smith feels 
that he had been received, welcomed, loved, taught and challenged. The rank and file are 
strong and the feeling of togetherness and of love is there in the field. He objected to 
Commissioner Soulis implying that nothing has changed. Mr. Smith believed that the 
healing had been done, that the administration is strong and all that has been achieved 
should not be torn done, especially from the top, by one individual. 

Alissa Vannort, Firefighter, member, Steering Committee of the United Fire Service 
Women, thanked Chief Demmons for providing the opportunity for her and over 200 other 
women to serve this city. She stated that she and the other women, being new members, 
are offended by Commissioner Soulis' remarks. Ms. Vannort asked that if Commissioner 
Soulis had held the views as published in the newspaper, why was he not proactive when 
the Smoke Eaters Gazette came out. Furthermore, if he saw a problem with firefighters' 
educational abilities, why did he not offer an educational incentive, such as paying for 
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education to the department because they found an opportunity to serve and be part of a 
great tradition. In conclusion, she stated that a firefighter's job requires intelligence, 
physical dexterity, compassion and an appreciation for the diversity, which they represent. 
Charles Crane, President, Los Bomberos (Hispanic Firefighters), stated that he came here 
expecting to hear an apology from Commissioner Soulis, which was never offered, but his 
leaving has made Mr. Crane's further comments inappropriate. Instead, Mr. Crane 
congratulated Chief Demmons on his accomplishments and wished him a happy 
retirement. Mr. Crane thanked the Commission for the strong stand they took against 
Commissioner Soulis' remarks and recounted how every Hispanic firefighter that he spoke 
with had been greatly offended by them - young, old, new or veteran. 

John Choy, Director, Asian Firefighters Association, wished to comment on Commissioner 
Soulis' remarks regarding alleged racism in the department and accusations against the 
Chief in Local 798's newspaper, the Main Line. Mr. Choy believes that the Main Line 
covers many issues of importance to firefighters, such as promotions, radio assignments, 
safety gear, payroll, paramedic hiring and BLS training. He does not believe these issues 
to be racial since they affect every firefighter regardless of age, gender or color of skin 
instead they are a matter of policies and management style. Mr. Choy stated that he never 
felt discriminated against and, as a probie, was helped and shown around by experienced 
firefighters, regardless of skin color, who shared their craft with him. 

Francie Covington, San Francisco citizen, wished to thank Chief Demmons for his 
courage, his tenacity and his vision. She stated that she and her family will greatly miss 
the Chief and presented him with a bouquet of orchids, which she understood to be one of 
his favorite flowers. 

Garry Bradford, Black Firefighters Association, wished to congratulate Chief Demmons on 
his retirement. Mr. Bradford voiced his respect for the Chief, whom he had known for over 
26 years, and for his vision and passion in making the department equal in all aspects. Mr. 
Bradford hoped that the new Chief will also have that passion and will want to make the 
department as great as Chief Demmons wanted it to be. 

Commissioner Roeca stated that he will miss Chief Demmons, but the Chiefs vision will 
remain as part of what this department is today. Looking ahead, Commissioner Roeca 
pointed out that there will be many changes, and as the new administration deals with 
them, problems will arise and battles will ensue'. He told Chief Demmons that he should be 
proud of his accomplishments and that he was proud of having had the opportunity to 
serve with him. Commissioner Roeca stated that the City and County of San Francisco 
should be thankful to Chief Demmons for his legacy, which will remain a part of the 
department for many years to come. 

Commissioner Norman thanked Chief Demmons for the time and energy he invested, not 
only in this department but also on a city- and nation-wide level, to create opportunities for 
individuals who had not had them before and to set an example for other departments 
across the country. She confirmed that what Chief Demmons had accomplished will not be 
set aside. Commissioner Norman assured Chief Demmons that the Commission is fully 
committed, as well as the leadership of the department, to carrying out his vision, which 
had been a challenge and struggle. She referred to the difficulties experienced during this 
meeting due to remarks made by a Commissioner, but promised that there would be many 
well-deserved celebrations once the Chief returned from vacation - celebrations to equal 
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Commissioner Nakajo wished to re-emphasize that Chiefs Demmons legacy, which is 
reflected this day in the makeup of the department, is a quest that will not be given up by 
either the Commission, or the administration, or the officers and men and women of the 
department. He stated the importance of speaking out and making a commitment to make 
this department the best work environment possible and one everyone can be proud of. 
Commissioner Nakajo noted that he was the first Japanese-American Fire Commissioner, 
the first to go to the Airport, to the firehouses and the first to be with the men and women 
of the department; he hoped he would not be the last from his community. He thanked the 
Chief for his contributions and for his leadership and assured him that he will remain a part 
of this department. 

President Roff stated that aside from some negative remarks focused on disagreeable 
comments in the newspaper, some very positive statements emerged about the solidarity, 
professionalism and commitment of this department. Chief Demmons has made 
extraordinary contributions to this department, as well as all the members have through 
their efforts, courage and dedication. President Roff noted the high standards that Chief 
Demmons had instilled and promised that they will be adhered to. He thanked Chief 
Demmons and wished him all the best. 

5. Adjournment 

There being no further business to come before the Commission, the meeting was 
adjourned at 7:50 p.m. 



Tania Bauer 
Secretary 



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Public Comment - July 27, 2000, Regular Fire Commission Meeting 
John Darmanin 

I'm also submitting dozens of email I received documenting their similar outrage to Fire 
Commissioner Soulis' insensitive remarks as well and will be submitting those on their behalf. 
Fire Commissioner Soulis without debate has challenged our integrity and professionalism as 
firefighters, and if that weren't enough, he insulted our intelligence. I base my comments here 
tonight on the recent Matier & Ross article but as well as personal comments he made to me 
directly on July 13. My family, my two boys, my wife were here that night and we were going to 
a Giants game afterwards. They actually heard the comments live as well as reviewing the 
videotape with me. I am personally offended by his remarks. My family is offended. And based 
on communication within the Fire Department and the overwhelming majority of the firefighters 
I've spoken to which represent the overwhelming majority of firefighters in this department, 
they're also offended. It is also apparent that President-the President of the Fire Commission, 
you Hadley Roff, resented and denounced Fire Commissioner Soulis' remarks. I'm sad to say 
that Fire Commissioner Soulis has made it impossible for this Fire Commission and specifically 
himself to continue to command the respect that the Fire Commission and its members once 
enjoyed. It is time for Fire Commissioner Soulis to resign and put this matter to rest. That 
would be the honorable thing to do. Thank you. 



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Public Comment - July 27, 2000, Regular Fire Commission Meeting 
John Hanley, President, Firefighters Local 798 

You undoubtedly heard about Commissioner Ted Soulis' recent comments to Matier & Ross in 
which he insulted the intelligence and integrity of every member of the San Francisco Fire 
Department. On behalf of Local 798, 1 must respond to this unwarranted attack on our members. 
We are truly outraged by this unjustified and false criticism from Commissioner Soulis. The 
dedicated members of this department risk their lives on a daily basis in order to protect the 
citizens of San Francisco. In addition, San Francisco firefighters contribute time and money to 
many good causes such as the Burn Center, the San Francisco Firefighters Toy Program, to 
name but a few. We should not be subjected to baseless attacks from a Fire Commissioner who 
is supposed to be working together with the members of the department for the common goal of 
the best for fire protection for San Francisco as possible. 

Commissioner Soulis' attack on the members of the Fire Department demonstrates that he is not 
interested in the facts. I will not dignify his offensive comments with a point-by-point response. 
Nonetheless, let me point out a few of the real facts. In response to his comment that fire 
fighting is not rocket science, the reality is that our work requires the ability to think clearly and 
respond quickly to varied situations, medical emergencies, industrial accidents, hazardous 
material spills, auto accidents, earthquakes, and the most dangerous occupation in America, 
fighting fires. 

And in response to his charge of racism, the reality is that minorities and women now make up 
more than 40 percent of the department and that much progress has been made toward solving 
issues of racial and gender bias. Race baiting will only make further-less progress along these 
lines. 

Most significantly, Commissioner Soulis' public remarks displayed his contemptuous attitude 
toward members of the Fire Department. Such comments show that he cannot function 
effectively in any position with authority over this department. These efforts to divide members 
of the department have destroyed any credibility he might have otherwise had. His reckless 
public statements also demonstrate his unfitness for this position. The Fire Commission has a 
responsibility to work to improve the morale of the Fire Department. Instead of fulfilling this 
responsibility and working to improve harmony in the department, Commissioner Soulis has 
undermined the morale of the San Francisco Fire Department. Thank you very much. 



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Public Comment - July 27, 2000, Regular Fire Commission Meeting 
Chadwik Ertola 

We the undersigned uniformed members of the San Francisco Fire Department demand the 
immediate resignation of Commissioner Ted Soulis for his recent published comments 
concerning the San Francisco Fire Department. Commissioner Soulis has publicly defamed 
and ridiculed each of us; firefighters, paramedics, officers and chiefs. By doing so, he has 
caused public disrespect for the entire San Francisco Fire Department, the Fire Commission 
and Mayor Brown. 

By his thoughtlessness, Commissioner Soulis has insulted the courage and honor of the 143 
brave firefighters who gave their lives in the line of duty whose names are inscribed on the 
firefighters memorial plaque in the very lobby of this building, Fire Department Headquarters. It 
goes without saying that their surviving families feel the same insult. This man's hurtful and 
demeaning remarks published on Friday, July 14, 2000 in the San Francisco Chronicle reported 
in the Matier & Ross column show that he lacks the professionalism and the character required 
of a member of the San Francisco Fire Commission. He has publicly displayed his disrespect 
for the diverse men and women of the Fire Department, which he has sworn to serve and 
oversee by his oath as a Commissioner. 

By his shameful disparagement of each and every member in the Fire Department, 
Commissioner Soulis has demonstrated that he is prejudiced against us all. As such, he clearly 
lacks the objectivity and open mindedness necessary to sit in judgment in the variety of 
disciplinary matters, which he may be called upon to hear and decide, affecting the careers of 
members of this department, and I'll add all of the variety of matters that come before this 
Commission. Commissioner Soulis cannot be trusted to exercise fair, honest, or levelheaded 
judgment in any matters affecting our department or this city given his willingness to publicly 
make such bizarre and hateful comments. 

We proudly serve the citizens of the City and County of San Francisco in many capacities. We 
are its Firefighters, EMT's, and Paramedics. We are a diverse workforce, comprising all races, 
genders, creeds, religions, political affiliations and backgrounds whether ethnic, cultural or 
educational. We are wives husbands, parents and domestic partners. 

We are also diverse in our talents. We are carpenters, plumbers, electricians, engineers, 
dentists, artists, doctors, and lawyers. We contribute sick leave to fellow city employees of 
whatever department in times of catastrophic illness or need. We support many civic, 
community and charitable organizations with our volunteer time and donations. We volunteer to 
educate the citizens in emergency safety and procedures. We donate blood by the hundreds 
several times each year. We donate, collect and distribute toys and gifts to thousands of 
underprivileged families and children every Christmas. We belong to Local 798, the Black 
Firefighters Association, the Asian Firefighters Association, Los Bomberos, the San Francisco 
Fire Department Women's Group, the Chiefs Association, trade unions and professional 
associations. We are white, black, Hispanic, Asian, Pacific Islander, American Indian, male, 
female, transgender, straight, lesbian, gay. 

We cannot accept the blatant racism, sexism, ignorance, unprofessionalism, untrustworthiness 
and discrimination displayed by Commissioner Soulis. By similar letters, we are urging Mayor 
Brown to demand that Commissioner Soulis resign immediately. Thank you for your immediate 

attention to this urgent matter. 

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Public Comment - July 27, 2000, Regular Commission Meeting 
John Choy 

Good evening, Commissioners and Chiefs, fellow firefighters and their families, my name is 
John Choy. I'm a seven-year member of the San Francisco Fire Department and a member of 
Station 1. I have been a member of Local 798 for just as long and I'm on their election 
committee. I am also a member of the Asian Firefighters Association and I'm one of their 
directors. Tonight I'd like to speak to you as a firefighter very briefly on the subject of 
Commissioner Ted Soulis' comments to the Chronicle's Matier and Ross column of July 14 th . 

In the column the Commissioner spoke of alleged racism in the department and he spoke of 
accusations against the Chief made by 798's newspaper the Main Line . Articles the recent 
Main Line issues covered various vital topics such as promotions, radio assignment, safety 
gear, payroll, paramedic hiring, and BLS training. I share in their criticism of the Chief because 
these issues affect my livelihood. These issues are not racial. They just pertain to policies and 
management styles. I am concerned that there isn't a promotional exam on the calendar. I am 
concerned that I could be assigned to the Communications Center. I've only known one single 
turnout coat in my career, short career. All of these issues in the Main Line affect every 
firefighter regardless of their age, gender, or the color of their skin. Racism, the Commissioner 
alleges that it exists in the Fire Department today. Now, but I beg to differ. 

Local 798 for the past few years has been a strong supporter of the Fire Department Lion 
Dance Team. This is a Chinese lion dance. The teams performs annually in the city's Chinese 
New Years Parade. Along with the AFA, the Asian Firefighters Association, the union helped 
purchase five lions and recently helped open the California Professional Firefighters Association 
convention, which was hosted by Local 798. Also annually, 798 sponsors a dragon boat for the 
races that benefit Self Help for the Elderly, the gracious organization that serves the Asian- 
Chinese community. These boats are paddled by members of the department in the spirit of 
teamwork and camaraderie and public service. Would a racist union show such support and 
interest in another culture? 

During the short seven years that I've been a firefighter, I never encountered racism in the 
Department. On my very first detail as a probie, I encountered an officer who showed me 
around the station and around the fire engine. He took care during that watch to make sure I got 
my drills done and that he took the time out to share in his craft. I'm a son of a master of martial 
arts. And my father could have very well easily, just to give you some background, stopped 
teaching non-Chinese people his craft, his art. But instead he taught other people and in that 
way he shared his culture and he wasn't a racist about it. That officer from that day on that 
detail shared with me his craft as well and I don't believe that's racist. 

I just wanted to say one more thing. He was Italian-American and he was not a racist. A couple 
of years ago I had the honor of working with another officer who was always willing to teach you 
about the job and kept you motivated. And he genuinely cared about his probies regardless of 
the color of their skin or-and their gender. This man led his diverse company by example. He 
was also a very active member of 798. He was an Irish-American. He was not racist. Would 
racist people take the time to show you ropes? Would racist people share their valuable 
knowledge with others? Well, that having been said, tonight is a positive night and a look toward 
the future. Thank you very much. 

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Golden Gate Senior Services 



June 30, 2000 



Chief Robert L. Demmons 
San Francisco Fire Department 
698 2 nd Street 
San Francisco, C A 94107 



Dear Sir: 

This letter is written to acknowledge the diligent work of the San Francisco Fire Department's Lt. Johnson, 
and Fire Fighters Farac, Manning, Yee, and Steil. On the afternoon of June 28 th , the crew of Fire Truck 14 
came to the assistance of Ms. Shirley Williams at the Richmond Senior Center. Ms. Williams is a 65 year 
old wheelchair bound developmentally disabled women who attends our program regularly. 

On Wednesday afternoon our elevator broke down stranding Shirley on the 3 rd floor unable to get to the 
paratransit van that takes her home. The crew of Truck 14 safely transported Shirley, wheelchair and all to 
the first floor. Since she weighs over two hundred pounds, this was quite a feat of skilled professionalism. 

On behalf of the staff and seniors here I extend a very well deserved thank you to these fine gentlemen. 



Sincerely, 





Patten 
Hrector, Richmond Senior Center 



Serving the Elderly of San Francisco Since 1975 
Richmond Senior Center Project Integration Diamond Senior Center 



221 Geary Boulevard 



San Francisco, California 94121 



(415)752-6444 




POLICE DEPARTMENT 

CITY AND COUNTY OF SAN FRANCISCO 

THOMAS J. CAHILL HALL OF JUSTICE 

850 BRYANT STREET 
SAN TRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA 94103 



FRED H. LAU 

CHIEF OF POLICE 

June 2, 2000 



Chief Robert Demmons 

San Francisco Fire Department 

698 2 nd Street 

San Francisco, CA 94107 

Dear Chief Demmons: 

I am writing to extend my gratitude for the help Captain Peter Howes, of your Special 
Operations Unit, gave our Police Department in preparing for the millennium celebration. 

The members of our Special Operations Division training unit shared with me how 
Captain Howes gave generously of his time and talent. He not only fulfilled their 
request, he went a step beyond. 

Captain Howes' dedication in assisting in the various Joint Training Exercises was 
outstanding. He provided fire and medical support, to members of the department 
during the extended range impact weapons and chemical agent classes. He also helped 
us develop the Joint Task Force concept. He contributed significantly to our training by 
furnishing the fire and medical logistical assistance needed to complete these missions. 
As his superior, I wanted you to know about his contribution to the effort and how much I 
personally appreciate it. 

As we start the New Year, we may be facing similar challenges. I trust that we can 
count on Captain Howes' help again. 

During the nine months we spent preparing for this event, I watched our department 
increase its crowd control skills, confidence, and its motivation to learn. The success of 
the millennium celebrations and the public safety that was maintained by our city 
agencies was a tribute to all the personnel involved. I am personally grateful. 



Sincerely 




FRED H. LAU 
Chief of Police 




FRED H. LAU 

CHIEF OF POLICE 



POLICE DEPARTMENT 

CITY AND COUNTY OF SAN FRANCISCO 

THOMAS J. CAHILL HALL OF JUSTICE 

850 BRYANT STREET 
SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA 94103 



June 2, 2000 



Chief Robert Demmons 

San Francisco Fire Department 

698 2 nd Street 

San Francisco, CA 94107 

Dear Chief Demmons: 

I am writing to extend my gratitude for the help Section Chief Robert Navarro, of your 
Special Operations Unit, gave our Police Department in preparing for the millennium 
celebration. 

The members of our Special Operations Division training unit shared with me how 
Section Chief Navarro gave generously of his time and talent. He not only fulfilled their 
request, he went a step beyond. 

Section Chief Navarro's dedication in providing fire and medical support to members of 
the department during the extended range impact weapons and chemical agent classes 
was outstanding. He also assisted in the various Joint Training Exercises and shared 
his knowledge and teaching abilities to help us develop the Joint Task Force concept. 
He contributed significantly by furnishing the medical and fire logistical assistance 
needed to complete these missions. As his superior, I wanted you to know about his 
contribution to the effort and how much I personally appreciate it. 



As we start the New Year, we may be facing similar challenges, 
count on Section Chief Navarro's help again. 



trust that we can 



During the nine months we spent preparing for this event, I watched our department 
increase its crowd control skills, confidence, and its motivation to learn. The success of 
the millennium celebrations and the public safety that was maintained by our city 
agencies was a tribute to all the personnel involved. I am personally grateful. 



Sincerely, 




Chief of Police 



July 1,2000 

Paul TaBacco, Deputy Chief of Operations 

San Francisco Fire Department 

698 2 nd St. 

San Francisco, CA 94107 

Dear Sir, 

On the evening of June 21, 2000, Firefighter Christian Gadbois, Paramedic #975, was a 
great help to the staff in the Emergency Department of St. Francis Hospital. At the 
time, our E.R. was extremely busy and the hallway crowded with patients waiting for 
treatment rooms. An elderly gentleman arrived by ambulance. He was highly agitated 
and intoxicated. He could not walk and had a substantial amount of cash on his person. 
The police had been called in his behalf and he became more upset and paranoid. He 
was screaming and would not allow anyone to approach him. The situation was 
escalating with the patient attempting to leave without treatment. He was unable to 
walk without falling down. 

Mr. Gadbois was able to calm the patient and bring him into a room. This was a time 
consuming process as they formed a bond of trust. This effort was "above and 
beyond" and appreciated by the staff and also by this patient. He was later discharged 
safely when he could walk. We were able to safeguard his belongings until he was 
more coherent. Firefighter Gadbois was part of our team and truly a patient advocate. 
I commend him on a job well done. 

Thank You, 

Ramona Sollerborn 

Staff Nurse, Emergency Department SFMH ///^^^ ""-- C'< N 






LIONEL D. SPENCER 
300 THIRD STREET APT. 802 
SAN FRANCISCO, CA. 94107-4204 

July 1,2000 

Willie L Brown, Mayor 
City of San Francisco 
1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett PI. 
San Francisco, CA. 94102 

Dear Mayor Brown. 

I want you to know of the outstanding service given my wife Kathryn C. Spencer when she 
suffered a cardiac arrest while leaving Sigmund Stern Grove on the afternoon of June 18 th . 

While walking up the road to leave the park she became ill and two doctors who were also 
leaving the park gave her CPR until our fire department arrived. The fireman and firewoman 
immediately went to her with the equipment necessary to save her life and took over from the 
doctors. When the monitor was attached to my wife she was, as the medic shouted, flat lined 
and defibrillated her. She started to breathe on her own and her lips became pink instead of 
purple. The ambulance crew arrived and she was stabilized and transferred to the ambulance 
and transported to Seton Medical Center. She was alive when she arrived and with their care 
and the care of the University of California Medical center she is alive and recovering from her 
ordeal. 

These firepersons are marvelous. Their training showed in my wife being alive today. We may 
continue our fifty-three years of marriage and hope for sixty or more. We are NERT's and now 
have more reasons to love our firepersons. 

We are native San Franciscans and she grew up on Thirty-second Avenue only three blocks 
from the firehouse Medic 18 is housed. Engine 19 was the first on the scene and the following 
firepersons were involved. Melvin Hayes, Ferdinand Meneses, James Katten, and Marie Nilsson. 
The ambulance crew was Medic 18 with the crew of Paul Rancore and John Grant. Paramedic 
Captain Jim Fazackeriey also responded to the scene. 

I do not know how to properly thank those involved for giving my wife back to our children and 
me. I have written each of them and wanted their big boss to know of their expert professional 
service. 

Sincerely, 



Sc 



Cc: Chief Robert L. Demmons 



City and County of San Francisco 



OFFICE OF THE SHERIFF 



TRAINING SECTION 




Michael Hennessey 
SHERIFF 

(415)553-9600 



July 14,2000 

Chief Robert Demmons 

San Francisco Fire Department 

698 2 nd Street 

San Francisco, CA. 94107 



Dear Chief Demmons, 

I would like to commend members of your staff for assisting the Sheriffs Department in a recent 
exercise conducted on Treasure Island. On Tuesday 6/20/00, our Training Unit held an 
emergency procedures class at the Treasure Island Brig. The class incorporated the use of fire 
suppression equipment and Scott Air packs in simulated emergency situations. 

Our Training Unit contacted two of your Captains, Captain Russ Albano at the Treasure Island 
Fire School, and Captain Mike Hennigan at Station 48. Both were very cordial and amenable to 
allowing the Sheriffs Department to refill the Scott Air pack tanks at either the Fire School or 
Station 48. On Wednesday 6/21/00, the dayshift staff at Station 48 were very helpful in assisting 
Senior Deputy Miyamoto in refilling the tanks. 

Please allow me to express thanks on behalf of the Sheriffs Department towards Captain 
Albano, Captain Hennigan, and the staff at Station 48 for their helpfulness and assistance. I am 
very pleased that we can work together and look forward to more interdepartment cooperation in 
the future. 

Thank you. 

Sincerely yours, 




Lt. J. Harlan 

San Francisco Sheriffs Department 

cc: Sheriff Mike Hennessey 

Undersheriff Mary Ann deSouza 
Chief Deputy V. Hennessy 



555 7'" STREET, ROOM 200 

EMAIL slier iff@ci.sf.ca us 



SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94103 
. FAX: (415) 553-9608 



Peter E. Kardum 
1435 Monterey Blvd 
San Francisco, Ca 94127 
(415)584-8253 



July 6,2000 



Chief of San Francisco Fire Department 

698 2 nd Street 

San Francisco, Ca 94107 

RE: 1358 Vermont Street 

I am writing in regards to the above address that had a very bad water leak that was damaging 
the above said unit. My tenant below in above said building, after trying to reach me several times 
called the fie department. I want to than k. Gibson. Neilsen and Lawson 
for the fabulous job of cleaning up the unit that had the severe leak. I had just got finished re- 
doing the whole unit and had just rented it. These fire personnel cleaned up the whole unit from 
the water leaking and saved me from severe damages that could have incurred had the water been 
left. The hardwood floors had just been refinished and thanks to them are in great shape. 

I want to extend my sincere gratitude for everything that they did in mopping everything up and 
leaving the unit in great shape. 

They should be commended for the fantastic job that they did. Thank you very much. 




Marilyn Sachs 

733 - 31st Ruenue 

San Francisco, California 94121 



July 8, 2000 

Chief Robert Demons 
S.F. Fire Department 
698 Second St. 
San Francisco, Ca 94107 

Dear Chief Demons: 

I would like to commend uery enthusiastically the help I 
receiued from the Paramedic/Firefighters of Engine 14, Medic 18 
(Rmbulance) last Saturday morning when my husband passed 
out. I phoned 91 1, and within fiue minutes they arriued, and 
immediately went to his help and reuiued him. They acted with 
great speed and expertise. They were also uery gentle with him 
and uery, uery kind and considerate of me. I don't know the 
names of all of the men who were inuolued, but I did ride in the 
ambulance with two of them - Terry Stanford and Bob Belot. 
They were particularly knowledgeable and helpful. 

I know a number of people complain about the inefficiency of 
91 1, but I can only tell you that I found their quick response and 
knowledgeable medical help more than impressiue. My husband 
is at home now, recouering, and both of us are uery grateful. 

Sincerely yours, 
Marilyn Sachs 




Parkside Branch Library 

1200 Taraval Street at 22 nd Avenue 

San Francisco, CA 941 16 

(415)753-7206 



July 7, 2000 



Chief Robert L. Demmons 

698 2 nd Street 

San Francisco, CA 94107 



Dear Chief Demmons: 



Nicole Juratovac arranged to have fire fighters and a fire truck visit the Parkside 
Library this afternoon for a children's program - the fire fighters and their truck WERE 
the program and they were fabulous. They were patient, kind and funny. They let kids 
wear their hats, sit in the cab and look inside nearly everything that moved all the while 
answering constant questions. The kids were beside themselves with delight. 

Thank you for the education and the joy. 



Sincerely, 



<&£l fMuii^i^L 



Pat Dimmick 
Children's Librarian 




CITY AND COUNTY OF DENVER 



WELLINGTON E WEBB 
Mayor 



July 7, 2000 



CIVIL SERVICE COMMISSION 

POLICE AND FIRE DEPARTMENTS 

1570 GROVE STREET 

DENVER, COLORADO 80204-1930 

PHONE: 720-913-3370 

FAX: 720-913-3373 



COMMISSIONERS 

Kelly Brough 

Kristopher Colley 

Christopher Olson 

Ellen Reath 

Paula Sandoval 

ACTING EXECUTD7E 
DIRECTOR 

L. Michael Henry 



Lorrie A. Kalos 
21 Fairview Place 
Millbrae, CA 94030 

Dear Ms. Kalos: 

We sincerely appreciate the professional commitment you demonstrated, and your 
expenditure of significant time and energy, as an assessor for our Denver Fire Captain 
Assessment Center held during the week of June 26-30. We hope you enjoyed your stay 
in the Mile High City. 

It was a pleasure to work with you and we hope that you will give serious consideration 
to any future requests to serve as an assessor for our Fire Department examinations. 

We are very proud of how this first assessment center in our newly acquired building was 
conducted. We could not have done it without you. You should be proud of your role in 
assisting us to identify the best qualified Fire Captain candidates. 

Thank you again for your service to the Commission, the Denver Fire Department, and 
the citizens of Denver. 




L. Michael Henry 
Acting Exec. Director 



4/Jkf-^X 

Jeffrey D. Wilson 
Senior Personnel Analyst 




cc. Walter Booth, Ph.D. 

Robert L. Demmons, Fire Chief 



www.denvergov.org 



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345 Stockton Stroi'l 

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June 30, 2000 



Chief Robert Demmons 

San Francisco Fire Department 

698 Second Street 

San Francisco, CA 94107 

Dear Chief Demmons, 

Thank you very much for sending Pierre Francois to participate in the Grand 
Hyatt San Francisco Health and Wellness Fair 2000 on June 29, 2000. We had 
over 100 employees who attended the health fair. The event was very 
successful and it was because of all the involvement by everyone who 
participated. 

We will keep you in mind for future health fairs. 

Sincerely, 





Nancy Ki. Lin 
Benefit? Coordinator 



S A N F R A N C I S C 



ARTINSTITUTE 



800 CHESTNUT STREET 
SAN FRANCISCO. CA 
94133 415/771-7020 



Chief Robert L. Demmons July 6, 2000 

San Francisco Fire Department 

698 2 nd Street 

San Francisco, CA 94107-2015 

Chief Demmons, 

Just a quick note of congratulations to you and the San 
Francisco Fire Department on their Neighborhood Emergency 
Response Training (NERT) Program. Director Patricia Yuen and 
the training Officers not only imparted valuable information, but 
also reinforced the confidence and trust we have for the SFFD. The 
twenty members of our organization that received the NERT 
Achievement Award are unanimous in their praise for the program. 
Thank you for aiding us in our preparation for whatever disaster 
may come our way. 




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Robert J. Hervatine 
Facility Manager 



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Hadley Roff, President 
Stephen Nakajo, Vice President 
Pat Norman, Commissioner 
Russell Roeca, Commissioner 
Ted Soulis, Commissioner 



.FIRE COMMISSION 

City and County of £an Francisco 




698 Second Street 

San Francisco CA 94107 

Telephone 415.558.3451 

Fax 415.558.3413 

Tania Bauer, Secretary 



No. 00-24 



MINUTES OF THE FIRE COMMISSION 



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Regular Meeting - Thursday -^August 10, 2000 - 6:00 p.m. 

698 Second Street, Room 102 



Item 
No. 



ON ROLL CALL, the following were noted present: 

President Hadley Roff 
Vice President Stephen A. Nakajo 
Commissioner Pat Norman 
Commissioner Russell S. Roeca 

The Secretary noted that Commissioner Ted Soulis had resigned effective July 31, 2000. 



Paul J. Tabacco 
Joseph C. Asaro 



- Acting Chief of Department 

- Deputy Chief, Administration 

Assistant Deputy Chiefs - Staff : 



Khairul A. Ali 
Ray Balzarini 
Joanne Hayes-White 
Daniel A. Sullivan 
Gary P. Massetani 



- Management Services 

- Division of Airports 

- Division of Training 

- Support Services 

- Fire Prevention 



Chief Officers - Firefightinq Services : 



°OCUM ENTs QepT 
AUG 2 2 2000 
^BL/c LIBRARY 



George W. Maloney 
Joseph J. Mazeau 
Lorrie Kalos 



- Division 1 (Acting) 

- Division 2 (Acting) 

- Division 3 



2. APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES 

Regular Meeting of July 27, 2000. 

Commissioner Roeca moved and Vice President Nakajo seconded. 



John Darmanin inquired why the public comment statement by Jim Connors, that Mr. 
Darmanin submitted in Mr. Connors' absence, was not attached. 



Fire Commission Minutes 

August 10, 2000 Regular Meeting 

Page 2 of 6 

The Secretary responded that public comment is given at a meeting and the subsequent 
copy of that individual's statement may be attached, at their request, to the minutes. Jim 
Connors was not present at the meeting and did not speak; therefore there was no public 
comment by him. His statement is treated as a communication received by the Commission 
and will be listed as such. 

There were no further questions or discussion and the minutes were approved as 
presented. 

3. CONSENT CALENDAR 

All matters listed hereunder (Items A through F) constitute a Consent Calendar, were 
considered to be routine by the Fire Commission, and were acted upon by a single roll-call 
vote of the Commission. 

A. Monthly Reports 

Division of Training 

Submitting monthly report from Division of Training concerning activities performed during 
July 2000. 

B. Appointments 

Temporary Appointments 

Reporting having made 300 temporary appointments July 8 through July 21, 2000. 

C. Retirement 

Communication received from Retirement Board indicating the following member has 
retired: 

Name Rank Type Retirement Date 

Mason, James ~"~ H10 Chiefs Aide Service Jul. 22, 2000 

(Retirement Certificate will be presented at Fire Commission meeting of September 27, 2000) 

D. Suspension 

Reporting suspension of Firefighter Carlos Hoy, Engine 16, for ten work days, July 26/27, 
29/30, August 1/2, 4/5, 7/8, 2000, for violation of the Rules and Regulations as follows: 

Section 1403 - Response - Firefighters shall respond with their companies 

Section 1405 - Work as a company 

Section 3905 - Unfamiliarity with rules 

Section 3935 - False reports and false testimony 

E. Resignation 

Submitting resignation of the following: 

Probationary H3 Firefighter/Paramedic Caesar K. Souza, effective close of business 
June 26, 2000. (Resigned with satisfactory services. Started work 01-10-00) 

Probationary H2 Firefighter Wayman Duncan, effective close of business July 8, 2000. 
(Resigned with satisfactory services. Started work 04-17-00) 

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F. Accidents 



Submitting reports and recommendations of the Accident Review Committee regarding the 
following accidents: 



Apparatus 



Accident Number 



Date 



Serial Number 



Category Recommendation 



Medic 14 



99-0-255 



06-10-00 



730 



Drv: FF/PM Stuart Sprung 
Cause: Misjudged clearance 

While backing up, Medic 14 struck overhanging tree branch 

Apparatus Accident Number Date Serial Number 



File 



Category Recommendation 



Medic 3 



99-0-256 



06-11-00 



735 



File 



Drv: FF/PM Andrew Baron 
Cause: Misjudged clearance 

While backing up to transport a patient, Medic 3 scraped a building overhang 



Apparatus 



Accident Number 



Date 



Serial Number 



Category 



Recommendation 



Engine 3 99-0-257 06-12-00 530 

Off: T/Capt. George Ripoll; Drv: FF Andrew Sobozinsky 

Cause: Misjudged clearance 

While parked, open door of Engine 3 struck parked vehicle 



File 



Apparatus 



Accident Number 



Date 



Serial Number 



Category 



Recommendation 



Truck 10 



99-0-258 



06-14-00 



613 



B 



File 



Off: T/Capt. Charles Schafer; Drv: FF Erika Hoo; Tlr: FF Stephen Moore 
Cause: Hit and run 



While parked at an incident, Truck 10's rear view mirror was struck by unknown vehicle 



Apparatus 



Accident Number 



Date 



Serial Number Category 



Recommendation 



99-0-259 



06-15-00 



513 



File 



Engine 1 

Off: Lt. Frederick Walsh; Drv: FF Mark Hayes 
Cause: Misjudged clearance 

Engine 1 , while responding to a medical incident, struck mirror of a parked civilian 

vehicle 



Apparatus 



Accident Number 



Date 



Serial Number Category Recommendation 



99-0-260 



06-17-00 



584 



Engine 32 

Off: Lt. Dennis Zouzounis; Drv: FF Richard Forde 
Cause: Misjudged clearance 

Engine 32, while making a tight right turn, struck a parked vehicle 



File 



Apparatus 



Accident Number 



Date 



Serial Number 



Category 



Recommendation 



99-0-261 



06-19-00 



588 



Engine 42 

Off: Lt. Robert Kim; Drv: FF Edward Cummings 
Cause: Misjudged clearance 

While responding to a medical call, Engine 42 struck the side of a gate 



File 



Apparatus 



Accident Number 



Date 



Serial Number 



Category 



Recommendation 



Truck 11 99-0-262 06-21-00 617 A 

Off: Lt. Thomas Gallegos; Drv: FF Steven Kazarian; Tlr: PX Ketty Fedigan 



File 



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Cause: Tiller training 

During tiller training, Truck 1 1 overcompensated and struck a parked vehicle 

Apparatus Accident Number Date Serial Number Category Recommendation 

B.F.P. 99-0-263 06-22-00 018 B Bill 

Drv: Insp. Terrence Smith 
Cause: Failure to yield 

Civilian vehicle made a left turn and struck BFP vehicle which was travelling in the 

opposite direction 

Apparatus Accident Number Date Serial Number Category Recommendation 

Truck 1 99-0-264 06-22-00 624 B Bill 

Off: Lt. Gary Montague; Drv: FF George Creedon; Tlr: FF Patrick Martinez 
Cause: Failure to yield 

While responding with red lights and siren through an intersection, Truck 1 was struck by 

a civilian vehicle that had run a red light 

Apparatus Accident Number Date Serial Number Category Recommendation 

Medic 1 99-0-265 06-23-00 732 B Bill 

Drv: FF/PM Keng Yan Chan 
Cause: Open door 

While returning to quarters, Medic 1 was passing a stopped taxi cab; passenger opened 

door into lane of traffic and struck Medic 1 

Category A - An accident which has occurred because of inattention to vehicle operator's and/or officer's 
responsibilities or because of misjudgment of clearance in operating apparatus near stationary objects. 

Category B - An accident in which fire department personnel exercised reasonable judgment and precautions, 
exhibited good apparatus operator's and officer's skills and observed all state, local and fire department 
statutes, ordinances and rules. 

Category C - An accident which has occurred because of apparatus operator's misjudgment of clearance, 
deficiency in defensive driving techniques, or failure to anticipate other vehicle's movements. 

Commissioner Roeca moved and Vice President Nakajo seconded. There were no 
questions or discussion and Items A through F on the Consent Calendar were approved or 
ordered filed as appropriate. 



4. REGULAR CALENDAR -NEW BUSINESS 

A. Letters of Commendation 

Submitted seven letters commending members of the Department for response to requests 
for assistance, emergencies, or training. 

President Roff directed that these letters be acknowledged and incorporated in the minutes 
of today's meeting. 

B. Fire Commission Resolution 

Submitted Resolution No. 00-2 denouncing remarks attributed to a Commissioner, which 
appeared in a newspaper article, and adopting the text of Commission President's letter as 
the Commission's official statement in response to those remarks. 



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Commissioner Roeca moved and Vice President Nakajo seconded. 

John Darmanin wished to thank Commissioner Norman for her courage in presenting a draft 
resolution at the July 27 th meeting, condemning former Commissioner Ted Soulis' stance 
and remarks as reported in the July 14, 2000, Matier and Ross column of the Chronicle. Mr. 
Darmanin also wished to thank the entire Commission for breaking with tradition and 
appropriately criticizing a fellow Commissioner. Mr. Darmanin believed that everyone has 
suffered through too much adversity, as well as, enjoyed notable achievements to allow 
anyone to challenge his or her integrity and honor. 

There were no further questions or discussion and Resolution No. 00-2 was adopted. 

C. Communications Received by Commission 

Eighteen communications were received by the Commission from July 21, 2000 through 
August 3, 2000. 

D. Public Comment 

Kinnie Jamerson, Firefighter, stated that he was present at the July 27 th Commission 
meeting, witnessed what had occurred and read the public comment in the minutes. He 
wished to know what was so different about Commissioner Soulis' comments and those 
circulated in the firehouses by means of the Smoke Eaters' Gazette. Mr. Jamerson believed 
that there was neither public condemnation of the Smoke Eaters' Gazette nor was there any 
public outrage. He believed the process to be lopsided, and that the Smoke Eaters' Gazette 
had done more to decay morale and disrupt the Department than anything Commissioner 
Soulis had ever said. The remarks by Commissioner Soulis regarding his IQ or what he did 
in his off-time did not bother him, but what Mr. Jamerson found disturbing was that the 
producers of the Smoke Eaters' Gazette, functioning in anonymity, could state that blacks, 
minorities and women do not deserve to be firefighters. He wished that the department and 
the Commission had shown as much outrage for the Smoke Eaters' Gazette as they did for 
remarks appearing in a column by Matier and Ross. 

President Roff responded that this matter had been before the Commission several times, 
and both the Commission and members of the Department, as well as senior staff, have 
been highly condemnatory of the Smoke Eaters' Gazette. The publication has been 
denounced and every effort has been made to find the anonymous culprits. 

John Darmanin noted that he rarely had the opportunity to defend the Fire Commission but 
in this instance the Commission had clearly spoken out against the Smoke Eaters' Gazette. 
The Commission held a hearing at which the representatives from the Black Firefighters 
Association and Local 798 strongly denounced the publication. Mr. Darmanin stated that he 
himself spoke out against it and he wanted to offer Mr. Jamerson videotape of that hearing 
and, also, direct him to the past minutes of the Commission wherein the outrage at this 
publication was clearly documented. 

Commissioner Roeca reiterated that if that garbage, i.e., the Smoke Eaters' Gazette, is 
being distributed and is infecting the firehouses, the Commission wants to know about it and 
wants it brought to the Commission. He found it upsetting to both himself and the 
Commission that it is again insinuating itself throughout the firehouses even though the 
Commission took a very strong stance against it. Commissioner Roeca requested that it be 
reported immediately to the Commission as soon as a new issue appeared. 



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John Darmanin wished the Commission to recognize any firefighter that died in the line of 
duty in the United States. Mr. Darmanin believed that all firefighters are doing the same 
work but in different locations and, except for fate, death can occur anywhere at any time. 
Mr. Darmanin wished it included in the minutes. 

Tyrone Pruitt, President, San Francisco Black Firefighters Association, tried to emphasize 
how damaging the Smoke Eaters' Gazette had been and that, hopefully, it has not cast a 
bad light on all the people who are trying to protect the citizens and property of this city. Mr. 
Pruitt believed that there are some individuals who still have not resolved racial and gender 
issues for themselves, and may never do so; other individuals have placed their own 
personal interests before those which are best for their fellow brothers and sisters. 

Mr. Pruitt commended Chief Demmons for the bold moves he had made trying to change 
the face of the Department and hoped that whoever would be selected as Chief of 
Department would nave the courage and vision to keep this department open to all 
members. Mr. Pruitt wished to explain that whenever the topic of diversity is discussed by 
the Black Firefighters Association it does not mean placing blacks, women, Hispanics or 
Asians in power in the department - it means equal representation by all members, all races, 
all genders. He believed that perhaps it should be incumbent on the Black Firefighters 
Association to make the rest of the department understand the type of outrage that 
everyone felt at Commissioner Soulis' comments, should also be felt by everyone whenever 
a copy of the Smoke Eaters' Gazette is published. Mr. Pruitt hoped that the next Chief would 
have an open mind and keep the department moving forward, and make his or her decisions 
with the thought in mind of what is best for the members of the department and the citizens 
of this city. 

President Roff expressed the hope that all members of the department would pull together, 
continue to make progress and continue to keep the department open to all persons, women 
and minorities. He emphasized that this was the commitment of this Commission and of this 
city, and certainly of this department. President Roff denounced the Smoke Eaters' Gazette 
and the divisiveness it created and stated that the department, with the assistance of the 
Commission, will take every step possible to eliminate it. He reiterated Mr. Pruitt's statement 
that all members of the department need to work together and cooperate to eliminate any 
prejudice or bias that may exist. 

President Roff adjourned the meeting in recognition of firefighters across the nation who 
may have lost their lives in the line of duty and, especially, in memory of Firefighter Philip 
Conner who was working with the National Park Service in fighting wildland fires and was 
killed in a helicopter crash. 

5. Adjournment 

There being no further business to come before the Commission, the meeting was 
adjourned at 6:30 p.m. 



Tania Bauer 
Secretary 



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Public Comment - August 10, 2000, Regular Commission Meeting 
John Darmanin 

I want to personally thank Commissioner Norman for the courage and character to present a 
draft resolution condemning former Fire Commissioner Soulis' insults and remarks that were 
reported in the July 14, 2000, edition of the Chronicle. 

I would also like to thank the entire Commission for breaking tradition to appropriately criticize a 
fellow Commissioner. 

We have all suffered through too much adversity as well as enjoyed some notable 
accomplishments in our history to allow anyone to challenge our integrity and honor. 



Respectfully submitted, 
John Darmanin 



Public Comment Statement - This 
summary statement is provided by 
the speaker and is neither generated 
by, nor are its contents subject to 
approval by, the Fire Commission 



FIRE COMMISSION 

City and County of San Francisco 



Hadley Roff, President /^5$&\ 698 Second Street 

Stephen Nakajo, Vice President /$ffik^% San Francisco CA 94107 

Pat Norman, Commissioner W^^^-M Telephone 415.558.345 1 

Russell Roeca, Commissioner yjs&SV^ Fax 415.558.3413 

^SmSP' Tania Bauer, Secretary 



SAN FRANCISCO FIRE COMMISSION 
RESOLUTION 00 - 2 



WHEREAS, a recent newspaper article attributed insulting and derogatory remarks 
about San Francisco firefighters to a member of the San Francisco Fire Commission, 
and; 

WHEREAS, upon publication of the newspaper article the President of the San 
Francisco Fire Commission issued an immediate denunciation of the remarks in a letter, 
and; 

WHEREAS, the President's letter states that the remarks attributed to one 
Commissioner are unfounded and unjust insults which do not represent the views of the 
San Francisco Fire Commission, and; 

WHEREAS, the San Francisco Fire Commission wishes to join in the President's letter 
and denounces the newspaper remarks in the strongest possible terms; now therefore, 
be it 

RESOLVED, that the San Francisco Fire Commission hereby honors and acknowledges 
the men and women of the San Francisco Fire Department for their intelligence, 
integrity, and devotion to duty during a time of great change in both this Fire Department 
and the Fire Service nationwide; and be it 

FURTHER RESOLVED, that the San Francisco Fire Commission hereby adopts the text 
of the President's July 14, 2000 letter, attached hereto, as the official statement of this 
Commission in response to the remarks attributed to one Commissioner in the July 14, 
2000 edition of the San Francisco Chronicle. 

Adopted at the regular meeting of the San Francisco Fire Commission on August 10, 
2000 

Ayes: Roff, Nakajo and Roeca 
Nays: None 
Absent: Norman 




Tania Bauer, Commission Secretary 



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July 19, 2000 

Robert L. Demmons 

Chief of Department 

San Francisco Fire Department 

698 Second Street, Room 224 

San Francisco, CA 94107 

Dear Chief Demmons: 

On April 13, 2000, San Francisco Fire Department EMS personnel responded to the 
Ferry Building in San Francisco. Upon arrival firefighter/EMT's from Engine 35, and 
paramedics from Medic 35, as well as Paramedic Rescue Captain George Cema, encountered 
a 50-year-old female who had been struck by a bicycle while crossing the street. The patient 
was found unconscious and unresponsive and had evidence of a life-threatening brain injury. 
Because of the swift and expert actions of the firefighter/EMT's, paramedics, and Rescue 
Captain, the patient survived and is now recovering at home with her family. 

As a result of our QA process, we wish to commend our San Francisco Fire 
Department EMS personnel, and specifically Captain Cerna, for the exemplary lifesaving 
techniques they provided for the well being of this patient. They set an example for the 
superior care that is provided in this city, and I hope you will pass along our thanks as well as 
the gratitude of this family to all Fire Department personnel involved in saving this patient's 
life. 

Sincerely, 

Robert C. Mackersie, M.D. 

Professor of Surgery 

University of California, San Francisco 

Director of Trauma Services 

San Francisco General Hospital 

cc: Marshal Isaacs, M.D., EMS Medical Director 
Richard Shortall, EMS Chief 
Fire Commission 

Mitch Katz, M.D., Director of Health 
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July 20, 2000 



Robert L. Demmons 

Chief of Department 

San Francisco Fire Department 

698 Second Street 

San Francisco, CA 94107 

Dear Chief Demmons: 

On behalf of our grandparents/relative caregivers of San Francisco, we wish to thank you 
for providing a member of your department to present a complete and comprehensive 
workshop on Fire & Home Safety . 

Your officer was very knowledgeable and spent a great deal of time answering individual 
questions. His presentation was excellent! 

Respectfully, 



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Ms. Lome Kalos 
Supervisor, Records Department 
San Francisco Fire Department 
698 - 2nd Street, Suite 131 
San Francisco, CA 94107 

Dear Ms. Kalos: 

The purpose of this letter is simply to commend "Anna" of your department for the 
excellent customer service she provided to me. I called her once to have some of the codes on 
a report explained to me. She was very prompt in returning my call and very courteous in 
dealing with me. A poor telephone connection required several repetitions of the information. 

A few days letter I called again. The report I had called about involved a "rekindle" 
and I was trying to find the report of the original fire. I had been advised by an outside person 
that no other report existed. Anna found that the related report was not listed in her computer 
and she offered to manually search the handwritten books for it. (Although we did not have 
a report number we did have know the date within a day.) Anna found the number of the 
report, promptly called me back, and advised me as to how to contact the investigative unit 
where the actual report is apparently lodged. 

Part of my job involves obtaining information from various sources. Although I usually 
find fire and police department employees to be very helpful and very pleasant, Anna stands 
out even among the best. Her patience is enormous. 



Very truly yours, * 




Barbara Brodie 
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Chief Robert Demmons 

698-2nd Street 

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We, The American Cancer Society Discovery Shop want to Thank You for 
your co-operation in allowing us to have Lieutenant Fernando Juarez of the 
S.F Fire Department attend our Shop meeting on July 18 th . He was so 
informative regarding Safety issues both for the shop and our homes. He 
gave an excellent presentation and is so nice. I hope to have him come to 
some of our other shops as well. 



Thank you again. 



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San Francisco Fire Department 

698 2 nd Street 

San Francisco, California 94107 

Dear Sir, 

On July 12,2000, 1 was working as a per diem Registered Nurse at the Moscone Center. At that 
time I was privileged to meet two very outstanding paramedics, when they were responding to a 
medical emergency. The names of these two fine gentlemen are: Mr, Hall and Mr, Rueppel . 
They were extremely resourceful and conscientious. They were very professional and skillful, and 
demonstrated excellent judgment under stressful circumstances. What also impressed me was the 
kindness and compassion they showed, and their eagerness to help the poor lady who was under 
such stress. You should be very proud of these two young men. 



Very Sincerely, 



Dianne Featherston 




July 21, 2000 



San Francisco Fire Dept. 

Chief of Medical Services 

Richard Shorthall 

P.O. Box 29176 

San Francisco, CA 94129 



Dear Chief Shorthall 

My name is Deana Igelsrud and I was picked up on June 5, 2000 at the 
Embarcadero Center around 12:30 pm. I was told you are the person 
who can help me get the two enclosed thank you cards to EMT / Firemen 
M. Gordon & J. Spalka. Both men were very kind and professional and 
played an important part in making sure I received the best care possible. 

What your division does is so very important and I wanted to make sure 
they -know just how much they are appreciated in our community. 



Kindest Regards 
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JVIINUTES OF THE FIRE COMMISSION 

Special Meeting, Monday, August 21, 2000 - 1:00 p.m. 

698 Second Street, Room 102 ■ San Francisco ■ California ■ 94107 

Item 
No 

1. On ROLL CALL, the following were noted present: DOCUMENTS DPPT 
Vice President Stephen A. Nakajo 

Commissioner Russell S. Roeca (present at 1:15 p.m.) 5EP j * 2CD0 

Commissioner Pat Norman 

Commissioner Carlota del Portillo SAN FRANCISCO 

PUBLIC LIBRARY 
President Hadley R. Roff was excused due to illness. 

2. CLOSED SESSION (Continued from the meeting of 7/27/00) 

Pursuant to the Ralph M. Brown Act, Government Code Section 54947 and 54954.5, and 
the San Francisco Administrative Code Section 67.10(b), the Fire Commission will meet in 
closed session to consider nomination of candidates for appointment as Chief of 
Department to be transmitted to the Mayor. 

1. Commissioner Roeca moved for closed session and Commissioner del Portillo 
seconded. 

2. Public Comment on all matters pertaining to closed session. 

John Darmanin asked the Commission to make the nomination process short, since he 
had a lawsuit pending against the Department and the Court had ordered a meeting of all 
parties with the Chief of Department. Mr. Darmanin stated that this meeting had been put 
off, at the advice of the City Attorney, until a new Chief had been named. 

The Commission went into closed session at 1 :20 p.m. 

3. The Commission reconvened in open session at 3:05 p.m. Commissioner Roeca moved 
and Commissioner Nakajo seconded not to disclose any action or discussion held in 
closed session. 

3. ADJOURNMENT 

There being no further business, the Special Meeting was adjourned at 3:10 p.m. 



Tania Bauer 
Commission Secretary 

No. 00-25 

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^MINUTES OF THE FIRE COMMISSION 

Special Meeting, Thursday, August 24, 2000 - 4:30 p.m. 

698 Second Street, Room 102 . San Francisco ■ California ■ 94107 



Item 
No 



On ROLL CALL, the following were noted present: 

President Hadley R. Roff 

Vice President Stephen A. Nakajo 

Commissioner Russell S. Roeca 

Commissioner Pat Norman 

Commissioner Carlota del Portillo 

Also present were counsel for the San Francisco Fire Commission, Deputy City Attorney 
Marie Corlett Blits and Battalion Chief Audry Lee. No appearances by counsel for the San 
Francisco Fire Department, Deputy City Attorney Pamela Thompson or counsel for Battalion 
Chief Audry Lee, Michael Harris, were required. 

Acting Chief of Department Paul J. Tabacco was excused. 

CONSIDERATION OF BATTALION CHIEF LEE'S MOTION FOR RECONSIDERATION 
AND CONSIDERATION OF PROPOSED FINDINGS OF FACT, INCLUDING POSSIBLE 
COMMISSION DELIBERATIONS (Continued from Meetings of 12/16/99, 1/13/00, 3/21/00, 
4/12/00, 5/3/00 and 7/13/00). 

Formal Hearing concerning formal complaint filed by Robert L. Demmons, Chief of 
Department, on November 9, 1999, against Battalion Chief Audrey Lee for violation of the 
Rules and Regulations as follows: DOCUMENTS DFPT 



SEP 2 5 



Section 3905 Unfamiliarity with Rules 

Section 3921 Inaptitude for Duty/Incompetence 

Section 3922 Acts Detrimental to Welfare of Department 

Section 3923 Disobedience 

Section 3924 Insubordination 

San Francisco Charter, Appendix A 8.400(g) 

General Rules for Establishing and Paying Compensation 

Consideration of Battalion Chief Lee's Motion for Reconsideration, including 
possible Commission Deliberations 

This portion of the meeting, and any possible Commission Deliberations, may be held in 
Closed Session pursuant to Government Code Section 54957. 



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1. Vote on whether to hold Closed Session 



Commissioner Norman moved for Closed Session and Commissioner Roeca 
seconded. 

Commissioner Norman withdrew the previous motion at the recommendation of 
Deputy City Attorney Marie Blits since both Items A and B should be considered in 
closed session. 

Commissioner Roeca moved that Item A, previously read into the record, and Item B 
be considered in closed session. Commissioner Nakajo seconded. The motion was 
unanimously approved 

2. Public Comment on All Matters Pertaining to Closed Session 

John Darmanin wished clarification on how the Commission calculated suspension. 
He noted that in the past when 30 or 60 days were prescribed, it had been calculated 
as calendar days. He offered assistance to the Commission in this area. Additionally, 
Mr. Darmanin informed the Commission that he himself, and many firefighters and 
officers, believed that Battalion Chief Audry Lee should not have been subjected to 
disciplinary action since there were too many extenuating circumstances involved in 
that incident. 

The Commission went into closed session at 4:20 p.m. and 

3. Reconvene in Open Session 

The Commission reconvened in open session at 5:10 p.m. 

a. Possible report on action taken in Closed Session, pursuant to 
Government Code Section 54957.1 and 54957.7, and San Francisco 
Administrative Code Section 67.14(b). 

Commissioner Roff moved to disclose the action taken in closed session and 
Commissioner Nakajo seconded. The motion was unanimously approved. 
Commissioner Roeca, serving as President pro tern, made the report. 

The Commission determined that the Motion for Reconsideration was in order 
and reconsideration was given. 

Regarding the Findings of Fact, the Commission has determined to reverse its 
prior findings with respect to violations 1 , 4 and 10, which involved the creation of 
a policy that allowed members to work fewer hours than required. The 
Commission determined that the term "creation" was ambiguous and that the 
charge could not be sustained given all the facts, and, therefore, dismissed those 
charges. 

The remaining violations, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9, remain as previously determined. 
The Commission decided to uphold the penalty on the basis that given the 
gravity of the violations, the penalty of 60 days (calendar) suspension is 
appropriate. 

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The Commission considered the Proposed Findings of Fact and adopted the 
following: 

General Findings : 1-7 were adopted. 

Violation #1 : Dismissed. 

Violation #2 : Findings 20 - 47 were adopted, noting that item 31 was disputed 
and not resolved by the parties. The Commission has adopted the department's 
position as set forth in item 31. 

Violation #3 : Findings 48 and 49 were adopted. 

Violation #4 : Dismissed. 

Violation #5 : Findings 52 - 59 were adopted. 

Violation #6 : Findings 60 - 66 were adopted. The Commission amended item 64 
to read as follows: Battalion Chief Lee refused to comply with ADC Kalos' 
directive not to tape-record their meeting on February 18, 1999. 

Violation #7 : Findings 67 - 72 were adopted. The Commission has adopted the 
department's position as set forth in item 70. 

Violation #8 : Findings 73 - 75 were adopted. 

Violation #9 : Findings 76 - 78 were adopted. The Commission amended item 78, 
a disputed finding, to read as follows: By refusing to comply with ADC Kalos' 
directive not to record - not to tape-record the meeting on February 18, 1999 - 
BC Lee was insubordinate and in violation of Section 3924. 

Violation #10 : Dismissed 

Commissioner Roff moved to adopt the Findings of Fact and the Motion for 
Reconsideration. Commissioner Norman seconded. The motion was unanimously 
approved, with Commissioner del Portillo abstaining. 

Commissioner Roff moved not to disclose any discussion held in closed session. 
Commissioner Norman seconded. The motion was unanimously approved, with 
Commissioner del Portillo abstaining. 

3. ADJOURNMENT 

Prior to adjournment, John Darmanin wished a clarification as to the violations cited by 
number. Commissioner Roeca responded that the charges were outlined in the Findings 
of Fact and made part of the public record. Mr. Darmanin wondered if he could obtain a 
copy of this document and Commissioner Roeca responded in the affirmative. 

(Note: The Findings of Fact and the transcript of the hearing may be obtained from the 
Secretary by request) 

There being no further business, the Special Meeting was adjourned at 5:25 p.m. 



Tania Bauer 
Secretary 

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MINUTES OF THE FIRE COMMISSION 

Special Meeting, Thursday, August 24, 2000 - 5:00 p.m. 

698 Second Street, Room 102 ■ San Francisco ■ California ■ 94107 
Item 

no DOCUMENTS DEPT. 

1. On ROLL CALL, the following were noted present: 

President Hadley R. Roff $EP | J 2000 

Vice President Stephen A. Nakajo qam cda 

Commissioner Russell S. Roeca | AN hR ANCISCO 

Commissioner Pat Norman PUBLIC LIBRARY 

Commissioner Carlota del Portillo 

2. CLOSED SESSION (Continued from meetings of 7/27/00 and 8/21/00) 

Pursuant to the Ralph M. Brown Act, Government Code Section 54947 and 54954.5, and 
the San Francisco Administrative Code Section 67.10(b), the Fire Commission will meet in 
closed session to consider nomination of candidates for appointment as Chief of 
Department to be transmitted to the Mayor. 

1. Commissioner Roeca moved for closed session and Commissioner del Portillo 
seconded. 

2. Public Comment on all matters pertaining to closed session. 

John Darmanin stated that it was important for the nomination process to move quickly, 
not only for the good of the department but also because he is personally being affected 
by it. The resolution of his four-year old lawsuit is being held up because a court order to 
meet with the Chief of Department is being delayed, at the advice of the City Attorney's 
Office, until there is a permanent Chief of Department. 

The Commission went into closed session at 5:30 p.m. 

3. The Commission reconvened in open session at 6:00 p.m. Commissioner Roeca moved 
and Commissioner Nakajo seconded not to disclose any action or discussion held in 
closed session. 

3. ADJOURNMENT 

There being no further business, the Special Meeting was adjourned at 6:05 p.m. 



Tania Bauer 
Commission Secretary 

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Hadley Roff, President /^^K 698 Second Street 

Stephen Nakajo, Vice President fff&W&^Wi San Francisco CA 94107 

Carlota del Portillo, Commissioner vt^lPilfei) Telephone 415.558.3451 

Pat Norman, Commissioner ^s8&mi§& Fax 415.558.3413 

Russell Roeca, Commissioner xSUgS?' Tania Bauer, Secretary 

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No. 00-27 



JVIINUTES OF THE FIRE COMMISSION 

Regular Meeting - Thursday - August 24, 2000 - 6:00 p.m. 

698 Second Street, Room 102 



Item 
No. 



ON ROLL CALL, the following were noted present: 

President Hadley Roff 

Vice President Stephen A. Nakajo 

Commissioner Russell S. Roeca ■ 

Commissioner Pat Norman DOCUMENTS DEPT 

Commissioner Carlota del Portillo 

SEP li 



Paul J. Tabacco - Acting Chief of Department 

Bernie F. Lee - Deputy Chief, Operations (Acting) SAN f 

Joseph C. Asaro - Deputy Chief, Administration PURI IP id 

Assistant Deputy Chiefs - Staff : 

Khairul A. Ali - Management Services 

Daniel A. Sullivan - Support Services 

Chief Officers - Firefightinq Services : 

Johnny R. Lo - Division 1 

Richard D. Bracco - Division 2 (Acting) 

Arthur W. Kenney - Division 3 

President Roff wished to welcome Carlota del Portillo to the Commission. He noted that 
Commissioner del Portillo was one of the most outstanding public servants in this city, 
having served on the Civil Service Commission and presided over the Board of Education. 
Currently, Commissioner del Portillo is a senior administrator for City College. 

Commissioner del Portillo thanked President Roff and stated that it was a pleasure to be 
serving on the Commission. She informed the Commission, and the audience, that she was 
Dean of the Mission Campus of City College. Furthermore, she noted that she was 
accessible, a good listener and a good follower of rules, which Civil Service had taught her. 
Commissioner del Portillo looked forward to working with everyone as long as her term 
lasted. 



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Page 2 of 9 

President Roff observed that during transition periods, such as the Department is currently 
undergoing, anxiety and rumors may arise. He stated that contrary to rumor mongers and 
Chronicle editorials, the commitment of the Commission and the Department remains 
steadfast and unalterable to diversity throughout the ranks. He declared that San Francisco 
is a city of great diversity and that the Department must be representative of its unique 
character. President Roff wished to reiterate that there will be no turning back, no retreat, no 
slacking in the effort to assure opportunity and justice for all men and women in the 
Department. He stated that the commitment of the Commission is unequivocal and 
uncompromising and the Department's Mission Statement is clear and as strong as ever to 
provide a work environment that values cultural diversity and is free of harassment and 
discrimination. He requested Acting Chief Tabacco to introduce his command staff since 
some of the new faces may not be familiar to everyone, especially Commissioner del 
Portillo. 

Acting Chief Tabacco introduced the following: Bernie Lee, Deputy Chief of Operations and 
Joe Asaro, Deputy Chief of Administration; Dan Sullivan, Assistant Deputy Chief of Support 
Services and Khai Ali, Assistant Deputy Chief of Management Services; in Suppression - 
Art Kenney, Assistant Chief, Division 3, Johnny Lo, Assistant Deputy Chief and Commander, 
Division 1 and Rich Bracco, Assistant Deputy Chief, Division 2. Acting Chief Tabacco also 
wished to point out some key civilian staff, namely, Deb Ward, Chief Financial Officer, and 
Binnie Singh, Human Resources Director. 

2. APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES 

Regular Meeting of August 10, 2000. 

Commissioner Roeca moved and Commissioner Norman seconded. 

The Secretary wished to correct the minutes of August 10, 2000, to reflect that 
Commissioner Pat Norman was not present and was excused for vacation. 

The Secretary also wished to correct Item 3.B. on the Consent Calendar of the agenda. It 
incorrectly stated that the H3 Firefighter/Paramedic appointments listed were permanent 
exempt appointments. These appointments should be listed as permanent probationary. 

There were no further questions or discussion and the minutes were approved as corrected. 

3. CONSENT CALENDAR 

All matters listed hereunder (Items A through G, with the exception of H) constitute a 
Consent Calendar, were considered to be routine by the Fire Commission, and were acted 
upon by a single roll-call vote of the Commission. At the request of John Darmanin, Item H 
was removed from the Consent Calendar. 

A. Monthly Reports 

Division of Fire Prevention & Investigation 

Submitting monthly report from Division of Fire Prevention & Investigation concerning 
activities performed during July 2000. 

Division of Management Services 

Submitting monthly report from Division of Management Services concerning activities 
performed during July 2000. 

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Physician's Reports 

Submitting biweekly reports of Fire Department Physician concerning disability injuries, June 
10 through June 23, 2000; June 24 through July 7, 2000; and July 8 through July 21, 2000. 

B. Appointments 

Reporting the following PERMANENT EXEMPT appointment effective July 24, 2000: 
H51 Assistant Deputy Chief II 

Khairul A. Ali (vice: Daniel Barden, retired, H50 TX'd to H51) 

Reporting the following PROBATIONARY appointments effective August 1, 2000: 
H3 Firefighter/Paramedic 

David Andersen Nicholas Holl 

Stuart Beach Timothy Howe 

James Beem Paul Jug 

Kevin Boone James Keck 

Scott Bovard Robert Kuzma 

Melany Brandon Christopher Madsen 

Ray Crawford Bernard Maguire 

John Drake Ramon Mahan 

Benjamin Franks Michael Moura 

Glenn Frey Larry Para 

Al Garza Robert Payne 

Peter Green Salvatore Taormina 

Peter Gross Joaquin Villareal 

Steven Hardcastle Richard Wendland 

(Note : The above 28 H3 Firefighter/Paramedics are appointed vice self. 
They are currently H1 Fire Rescue Paramedics) 

Reporting the following PROBATIONARY appointment effective August 1, 2000: 
H3 Firefighter/Paramedic 

Elisabeth Jensen (vice: self, from H2 to H3) 

Reporting the following PROBATIONARY appointments effective August 7, 2000: 
H2 Firefighter 

Stephen Finnegan Steve Muller 

Harry Higgins MarkO'Hara 

Michael Horta Gideon Price 

John Kositzin Lorge Quant 

Lester Lesavoy Chris Ray-Rohan 

Robert Lopez Claudio Rivieccio 

Kendrick Low John Rogers 

George Lysenko Leonor Saldana 

John Maguire Michael Shanley 

Gavin McGoldrick Kevin Shea 



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Page 4 of 9 



Emil Cuan 
Rick Figari 
Benny Fong 
Robert Kishi 
Octavio Leonardo 
Daniel Lui 
Robert Milici 
Christopher Spear 
Michael Tin 
Bruno Walther 
Chuck Watanabe 
Martin Beltran 
Conrad Benitez 
Douglas Calderon 



Alan Camarillo 
Carla Cirelli 
Michael Coleman 
Gregory Collaco 
Julio Delucchi 
Mariano Elias, Jr. 
Darrell Stone 
David Stratta 
Joseph Viglizzo 
Lamar Walent 
Steven Williams 
Jason Woo 
Mark Zhang 
Julio Escobar 



(Note : The above 48 H2 Firefighters are appointed vice Attrition Savings) 

Temporary Appointments 

Reporting having made 283 temporary appointments July 22 through August 4, 2000. 

C. Military Leaves 

Submitting for approval applications from two members for Military Leaves of Absence with 
pay, in order to comply with Military Orders received from their commanding officers: 



Name 



Rank 



Dates 



Days Military Organization 



Purpose 



Donnelly, Mark 
E-9 

Simon, Ramon 
Sgt E-5 



H30 Capt. 08-23-00 thru 8 
09-01-00 



US Air Force Res. Attend Active 
Travis AFB, CA Duty Training 



H2FF 



08-06-00 



1 



US Army Res. 
Oakland, CA 



Attend Active 
Duty Training 



D. Resignation 

Submitting resignation of the following: 

0114 Board/Commission Member Ted N. Soulis, effective close of business July 31, 2000. 

7514 General Laborer Kinsey Brennan, effective close of business August 9, 2000. 
(Resigned in order to accept Permanent 2903 position at Human Services Department. 
Approximate length of service - 1 1 years.) 

E. Separation 

Reporting automatic resignation of the following: 

H2 Firefighter Douglas Dryden, effective August 11, 2000. (Approximate length of service - 
21 years.) 

H2 Firefighter Timothy Ware, effective August 1 1 , 2000. (Approximate length of service - 
3 years.) 

F. Death 

Reporting, with regret, the death of 7388 Utility Plumber Dennis Murphy who died of illness on 
August 13, 2000. 

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Page 5 of 9 



G. Leave of Absence 



Submitting request for leave of absence with pay for Dorothy Teupel, Supervisor of the 
Clothing Depot, for one day, August 25, 2000, in order to attend the 2000 Fire-Rescue 
International Conference in Dallas, Texas . Estimated cost is $800, and is included in the 
training budget. Ms. Teupel will not be replaced. 

H. Accidents (Removed from Consent Calendar) 

Submitting reports and recommendations of the Accident Review Committee regarding the 
following accidents: 

Apparatus Accident Number Date Serial Number Category Recommendation 

AWSS 99-0-266 06-09-00 963 A File 

Drv: Utility Plumber Amano Johnson 
Cause: Driver Inattention 

While coming to a stop, AWSS vehicle rear ended a civilian vehicle 

Apparatus Accident Number Date Serial Number Category Recommendation 

Truck 19 99-0-267 06-20-00 612 A File 

Off: Lt. Anesto Estrella; Drv: FF Ferdinand Meneses; Tlr: FF James Kotter 
Cause: Misjudged clearance (tiller) 

While exiting from parking lot, rear of Truck 19 struck a sign 

Apparatus Accident Number Date Serial Number Category Recommendation 

Medic 5 99-0-268 06-29-00 71(3 C File 

Drv: FF/PM Garreth Miller 
Cause: Driver Inattention 

While changing lanes, Medic 5 scraped the side of an adjacent civilian vehicle 



Apparatus Accident Number Date Serial Number Category Recommendation 

Engine 40 00-1-001 07-02-00 507 B Bill 

Off: Capt. Khairul Ali; Drv: FF Carisa O'Kelly 

Cause: Misjudged clearance by civilian vehicle 

While pulling away from the curb, Engine 40 was struck by a civilian vehicle 

Apparatus Accident Number Date Serial Number Category Recommendation 

Engine 14 00-1-002 07-03-00 528 A FMe 

Off: T/Capt. Harry Pinkard; Drv: Jason Wong 
Cause: Open door 

Engine 14 was stopped; FF Williams opened driver's side rear door to exit and 

was struck by a civilian vehicle 

Apparatus Accident Number Date Serial Number Category Recommendation 

Medic 1 00-1-003 07-03-00 732 B File 

Drv: FF/PM John Graf 
Cause: Hit and run 

Medic 1 , while backing into quarters, was struck by a vehicle that left the scene 



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Apparatus Accident Number Date Serial Number Category Recommendation 

Engine 37 00-1-004 07-03-00 596 A File 

Off: Lt. Darryl Hunter; Drv: FF Ricky Yee 
Cause: Misjudged clearance 

While backing up, Engine 37 struck a parked vehicle; spotters were posted 

Apparatus Accident Number Date Serial Number Category Recommendation 

Truck 17 00-1-005 07-04-00 616 A File 

Off: Lt. Kevin Smith; Drv: FF Dominic Bordachar; Tlr: FF Warren House 
Cause: Misjudged clearance (tiller) 

While negotiating tight turn, Truck 17 struck a double parked vehicle 

Category A - An accident which has occurred because of inattention to vehicle operator's and/or officer's 
responsibilities or because of misjudgment of clearance in operating apparatus near stationary objects. 
Category B - An accident in which fire department personnel exercised reasonable judgment and precautions, 
exhibited good apparatus operator's and officer's skills and observed all state, local and fire department 
statutes, ordinances and rules. 

Category C - An accident which has occuned because of apparatus operator's misjudgment of clearance, 
deficiency in defensive driving techniques, or failure to anticipate other vehicle's movements. 

Commissioner Roeca moved and Commissioner del Portillo seconded. There were no 
questions or discussion and Items A through F with the exception of Item H on the Consent 
Calendar were approved or ordered filed as appropriate. 

H. Accidents (Item Removed) 

John Darmanin wished Item H removed from the Consent Calendar and addressed 
separately. 

Commissioner del Portillo moved and Commissioner Roeca seconded. 

John Darmanin, Firefighter, wished to address the issue of driver training. As a member of 
the Department's Accident Review Committee, Mr. Darmanin reviews numerous accidents, 
many of which could have been avoided through better awareness and specific training. He 
proposed that a previously submitted proposal for a driver training program be reactivated 
and, given that there is funding, implemented. Mr. Darmanin believes that such a program 
would be effective in reducing the number of accidents involving department personnel and 
equipment. 

There were no further questions or discussion and Item H was unanimously approved. 



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August 24, 2000 Regular Meeting 

Page 7 of 9 

4. REGULAR CALENDAR -NEW BUSINESS 

A. Letters of Commendation 

Submitted six letters commending members of the Department for response to requests for 
assistance, emergencies, or training. 

President Roff directed that these letters be acknowledged and incorporated in the minutes 
of today's meeting. 

B. Chief of Department's Monthly Report 

Submitted monthly report from Chief of Department on monthly status of department 
personnel, equipment and apparatus for July 2000. 

Commissioner Roeca moved and Commissioner del Portillo seconded. 

President Roff asked Acting Chief Tabacco to inform the Commission on some current 
issues and activities in the Department. 

Chief Tabacco re-affirmed the previously announced appointment of Bernie Lee as Deputy 
Chief of Operations. Furthermore, another item of importance, was the implementation of 
ALS (Advanced Life Support) engine companies, hopefully, within the next 30 days. Chief 
Tabacco has been considering the possibility of promotional examinations since there are 
no active lists for any ranks, including entry. He has met with Dr. Outz on the subject and is 
hopeful that the process of the Officer Candidate Program can be incorporated into the 
promotional exams. 

In addition, Chief Tabacco stated that the battalion-based training program has commenced 
as of July 1, 2000, whereby a battalion of companies is taken out of service at one time and 
given the opportunity to participate in the evaluation and training process at the same time. 
Furthermore, the hands-on training at Treasure Island fire simulator program has been a 
great success. A number of individual battalion chiefs and assistant chiefs have assisted in 
developing different lesson plans, for example, Chief Quartaroli solicited the assistance of 
BART personnel for underground transit drills given to companies on twice-a-day basis over 
15 days. Chief Tabacco pointed out that Assistant Chief Bracco, who gained experience at 
the National Fire Academy in disaster operations, would be developing a component in this 
area for future drills. In conclusion, Chief Tabacco stated that to date the multiple subject 
training has been successful and hoped that the Department can maintain the targeted 
battalion group training in order to get everyone on the same level. 

President Roff pointed out that this type of rigorous in-service training keeps each individual, 
whether firefighter or paramedic, current with the latest techniques and strategies. He 
thanked Chief Tabacco for informing the Commission on the various on-going efforts in the 
Department. 

Commissioner del Portillo inquired about testing and the selection process used in the 
Department and wished to be updated on the subject. Chief Tabacco responded that 
examinations had not been given for some time but that the Department was currently 
working with the Police Department on the method that was used to hold examinations after 
the Police Department emerged from the Consent Decree. He stated that he would further 
brief Commissioner del Portillo at her convenience. 



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August 24, 2000 Regular Meeting 

Page 8 of 9 

Commissioner Norman inquired about the request from ADC Sullivan for reserve funds from 
the Finance and Labor Committee for the AWSS (Auxiliary Water Supply System). Chief 
Tabacco asked ADC Sullivan to respond. Chief Sullivan explained that $21,000 had been 
appropriated to complete the necessary long-standing repairs. The total cost of the project 
was' $122,398 but the extra $21,000 was needed to complete it. The Department worked in 
concert with the Department of Public Works (DPW) and the Water Department. 

Commissioner Norman questioned the quality of the work performed by the Department of 
Public Works on firehouse repairs. Chief Sullivan responded that the Department is in the 
process of reviewing its relationship with DPW and renegotiating certain work orders, such 
as the janitorial services, where a $25,000 savings was realized which will be used for 
various repairs to Department buildings. Captain Tony Avalos, Support Services, had 
started this process and now Captain James Lee, who possesses a General Contractor's 
license, has taken over and will continue the closer oversight. Chief Sullivan believed that by 
assuming fiscal responsibility for the work to be performed and adhering to sound business 
practices, the Department would be able to obtain more funding to better maintain the 
firehouses. 

Furthermore, the Department has negotiated with DTIS (Department of Telecommunication 
and Information Services) regarding a partial return of $600,000 to $900,000 from its $4 
million work order. With these funds, the Department plans to hire in-house programmers to 
customize the software applications of the new computer system in the areas of 
assignments, payroll, personnel and training. 

Commissioner del Portillo added that it was customary for the 52 City departments to buy 
services from the Department of Public Works even though it was not the most competitive 
method. It would seem best to go for an outside bid when a solid plan was in place for the 
work to be performed and use DPW when a small job needed to be done quickly. 
Commissioner Norman added that in her experience not much had changed in the past 30 
years in the way DPW works. She was hopeful that the partnership approach suggested by 
Chief Sullivan for certain upcoming projects, such as Station 1, would benefit everyone 
concerned. 

President Roff thanked both Chief Tabacco and Chief Sullivan for the previous discussion 
on the status of major issues in the Department. 

There were no further questions or discussion and the monthly report of Chief of 
Department was approved. 

C. Communications Received by Commission 

Nine communications were received by the Commission from August 4, 2000 through 
August 17, 2000. 

D. Public Comment 

John Darmanin wished to reiterate the importance of expediting the process of selecting a 
Chief of Department since he is personally affected because of the delay in implementing a 
court order. His lawyer was advised by Deputy City Attorney John Cooper, that any 
discussions would have to wait until a permanent Chief of Department is appointed. Mr. 
Darmanin believed Acting Chief Tabacco could interpret the court order and should meet 
and confer with himself and his lawyer. President Roff stated that he understood his concern 
over a timely search for a permanent Chief of Department but that his legal matter was not 
an issue before the Commission. 

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August 24, 2000 Regular Meeting 

Page 9 of 9 

Mr. Darmanin wished to reiterate that the recently released vacancy list would no longer 
require officers for rescue companies to be water rescue certified. He believes this to be a 
safety issue and dangerous. To date, there has not been a response from the Department to 
Local 798's meet and confer request on the subject. 

Tyrone Pruitt, President, San Francisco Black Firefighters Association, welcomed 
Commissioner del Portillo to the Fire Commission. He stated that he appreciated the 
President Roffs comments regarding the Commission's, commitment to the progress that 
has been made in the Department over the past ten years. Mr. Pruitt hoped that there would 
be further clarification forthcoming regarding the examination process that Chief Tabacco 
had mentioned. He noted that there was considerable confusion in the field regarding which 
testing process would be used and that the members of the Department would appreciate 
clarification on this subject as soon as possible. 

5. Adjournment 

There being no further business to come before the Commission, the meeting was 
adjourned at 6:20 p.m. 



Tania Bauer 
Secretary 



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FRED H. LAU 

CHIEF OF POLICE 



July 27, 2000 



POLICE DEPARTMENT 

CITY AND COUNTY OF SAN FRANCISCO 

THOMAS J. CAHILL HALL OF JUSTICE 

850 BRYANT STREET 
SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA 94103 



Chief Robert L. Demmons 
San Francisco Fire Department 
698 - 2 nd Street 
San Francisco, California 94107 



Dear Chief Demmons, 



I am writing this letter in recognition of the rescue attempt by members of your command, the Search and 
Rescue Unit, which occurred on June 5, 2000. 

Firefighters Bokura, Laease, Lee, and Rustia placed their own personal safety on the line with the single 
intent of rescuing a child's life who had disappeared under the San Francisco Bay waters. The child was 
located and quickly handed-up to awaiting paramedics. Unfortunately, they were not able to revive the 
child. Their dedication and team performance made it possible to locate the child's body and allowed 
closure to this tragic incident. 

They should be commended for a job well done. 

A copy of the enclosed memorandum and police report completed by Lieutenant Michael Stasko of the 
Bayview Police Station be review by each firefighter and then placed in their personnel files. 



Sincerely, 




/Enclosure 



ABtTPrescl 

A Japanese Bilingual and Bicultural Preschool 



Robert Demmons 
698 2 nd street 
S. F. Ca. 94107 



July 29, 2000 



Dear Chief Robert Demmons 



On Monday, July 29, the ABC Preschool children, Pine After School students and 
Chibi chan school students had a wonderful time with captain Dan Fulmer and fire 
fighters Meibeck Chung, Kaiser Lam, and Ruben Herrera. They showed us the fire 
engine Co. 14 and let us ride the fire engine. 

The children learned about smoke detectors, and how or when we call 911, even if 
the children do not know their address. They also observed five fire fighters demonstrate 
how to react if they caught fire. 

They gave the children plastic fire fighters hats, coloring books, crayons and sticker 
badges. 

It was a windy and cold day, but the children really liked it. Thank you again. 



Sincerely, 





Ayako Hanaoka 
Director, ABC Preschool 



426 Thirty-Third Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94121 
Tel: (415) 367-9111 Fax: (415) 337-1601 www.city5earch.com/sfo/abcpreschool 



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Chief Robert Dennon 

698 2 nd Street 

San Francisco. CA 94107 



Dear Chief Dennon : 



We are delighted that Lt. Fernando Juarez from your Office of Community 
Affairs could come visit us last week. His inspection of our work site, and 
his informative presentation to our entire staff was potentially lifesaving. 
As our name suggests, we have a strong commitment to "prevention" here 
at the Family Violence Prevention Fund. The kind of service you and Lt. 
Juarez provide is a good example of that approach, stopping emergency 
situations from occurring in the first place, and handling those that do 
occur in such a way as to prevent escalation and injury. We feel safer, and 
are in fact better prepared in the event of an emergency, thanks to your 
department and the work of Lt. Juarez. Thank you! 



Sincerely, 




Operations 



383 Rhode Island Street, Suite 304 
Tel: 415 . 252 . 8900 



San Francisco, CA 
Fax: 415 



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252 . 8991 Publications Orders: 415 . 252 . 8089 



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advertising • public relations 



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Mr. Hadlev Roff 

Fire Commission 

698 - 2nd Street 

San Francisco, CA. 94107 

Dear Hadlev: 

On Friday, July 28th at 4:15PM I was unfortunate to have a fire in my rear 
cottaqe . 

Units from 12th Avenue and 26th Avenue responded and unfortunagely I don't have 
the names of the men but I want to compliment them on their fast response and 
quick action. 

At your convenience I would appreciate it if you would pass on my thanks to these 
two units as they did an outstanding iob. 

Thanks aqain for headinq a qreat department. 

Verv truly yours, 

J. Schlessinqer 




FJS:rn 



Engine 14 

Lt. Thomas Doudiet 

FF George Nonomura 

FF Jack Chow 

FF Sabine Balden 



Truck 14 

T/Capt. Robert Molinari 
FF Jesse Bautista 
FF Tyson Yee 
FF John Darmanin 
FF Francis Steil 



Engine 31 

Lt. John Vander Vennet 

FF Allen K. Wong 

FF Megan 0'Connell 

FF Carl Jepsen 




Alisa Ann Pooh 

Burn Foundation ^ 

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Daniel Sullivan ■ e Gn^> ■ 

Assistant Deputy Chief . ^^fe° 

San Francisco Fire Department ^Qo 

698 Second Street Room 306 
San Francisco, Ca. 94107-201! 



Dear Chief Sullivan. 

The World Burn Congress is now over and 1 want to express the gratitude of the Alisa Ann Ruch 
Bum Foundation and The Phoenix Society for Burn Survivors for your help and participation in 
WBC SF 2000. The feedback i'rom the burn survivors, medical professionals,- caregivers, and 
firefighters who attended the conference has been overwhelmingly positive. Many of the people 
who have anended other World Burn Congresses expressed to me that this one was definitely the 
best. The power and eanng that is felt when people come together from all over the world to 
share and learn together can no : be properly described - but it definitely can be felt. Thank you 
for helping make this powerful healing possible. 

Chief Sullivan your speech was so wonderful and real. Many people came up to me later and said 
that you and your stories of growing up and being mentored by a firefighter moved them. Many 
of these survivors also look up o firefighters for mentoring. 

The M.'.yor's speech was a big hit too and I want to thank you for making that connection and 
getting him there. 

All that the San Francisco Fire Department did for this conference is so appreciated. The donation 
from the Local 798 helped fund a local Adult Burn survivor to attend. The San Francisco 
Fire Boat put on an incredible show for us to help kick off our Boat trip and conference. It could 
not have been a better evening on the SF bay. Several San Francisco firefighters donated their 
tin.e during the conference. The grand finally was the San Francisco Asian Firefighters Lion 
Dance Troop's performance at our closing banquet! As you can see, the San Francisco 
f retighters had an important role in making this such a successful conference and I can not thank 
you enough. 

I am looking forward to working with you and San Francisco Fire in the future. Thank you for 
your support. 



Sincerely, 




Jim Bosch 

Survivor Assistance Director 



Dedicated to Survivor Assistance & Bum Prevention 



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August 4, 2000 



Chief Robert Demmons 

San Francisco Fire Department 

698 Second Street 

San Francisco, CA 94107-2015 

Dear Chief Demmons: 

My husband and I and some of our Parkmerced neighbors have just completed a fifteen-hour 
course in disaster training, Neighborhood Emergency Response Team/N.E.RX, given by 
some of the members of the fire department. We aH agreed that these classes (including 
hands-on training for assessing injuries, and cribbing to remove victims from wreckage) were 
very valuable. 

The fire fighters who trained us at those six evening sessions did a really fine job. If this 
training is repeated in every neighborhood, San Francisco will be prepared for any unforeseen 

oSsaster. 
Yours truly, 




Dorothy Lefkovits 





SAN FRANCISCO W JFIRE COMMISSION 



^MINUTES OF THE FIRE COMMISSION 

Special Meeting, Monday, August 28, 2000 - 5:00 p.m. 

698 Second Street, Room 102 ■ San Francisco ■ California ■ 94107 



Item 
No 

1 . On ROLL CALL, the following were noted present: 

President Hadley R. Roff 

Vice President Stephen A. Nakajo 

Commissioner Russell S. Roeca 

Commissioner Pat Norman 

Commissioner Carlota del Portillo 

2. CLOSED SESSION (Continued from meetings of 7/27/00, 8/21/00 and 8/24/00) 

Pursuant to the Ralph M. Brown Act, Government Code Section 54947 and 54954.5, and 
the San Francisco Administrative Code Section 67.10(b), the Fire Commission will meet in 
closed session to consider nomination of candidates for appointment as Chief of 
Department to be transmitted to the Mayor. 

1. Commissioner Norman moved for closed session and Commissioner Roeca seconded. 

2. There was no public comment. 

The Commission went into closed session at 5:10 p.m. 

3. The Commission reconvened in open session at 5:55 p.m. Commissioner Roeca moved 
and Commissioner Nakajo seconded not to disclose any action or discussion held in 
closed session. 

3. ADJOURNMENT 

There being no further business, the Special Meeting was adjourned at 6:00 p.m. 



DOCUMENTS DEP 

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Commission Secretary f 7L 

SAN Francisco 
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MINUTES OF THE FIRE COMMISSION 

Special Meeting, Tuesday, September 5, 2000 - 5:00 p.m. 

698 Second Street, Room 102 ■ San Francisco ■ California ■ 94107 



Item 






No 






1. On ROLL CALL, 


the 


following were noted present 


President 




Hadley R. Roff 


Vice President 




Stephen A. Nakajo 


Commissioner 




Russell S. Roeca 


Commissioner 




Pat Norman 


Commissioner 




Carlota del Portillo 



2. CLOSED SESSION (Continued from meetings of 7/27/00, 8/21/00, 8/24/00 and 8/28/00) 

Pursuant to the Ralph M. Brown Act, Government Code Section 54947 and 54954.5, and 
the San Francisco Administrative Code Section 67.10(b), the Fire Commission will meet in 
closed session to consider nomination of candidates for appointment as Chief of 
Department to be transmitted to the Mayor. 

1 . Commissioner Roeca moved for closed session and Commissioner Norman seconded. 

2. There was no public comment. 

The Commission went into closed session at 5:05 p.m. 

3. The Commission reconvened in open session at 6:25 p.m. Commissioner Roeca moved 
and Commissioner Nakajo seconded not to disclose any action or discussion held in 
closed session. 

3. ADJOURNMENT 

There being no further business, the Special Meeting was adjourned at 6:30 p.m. 

DOCUMENTS DEP T 

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Commission Secretary SAN FRANCISCO 

PUBLIC LIBRA 



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DOCUMENTS DEPT. 

<5> MINUTES OF THE FIRE COMMISSION JUN \ 2 2001 

Special Hearing, Thursday, September 13, 2000 - 9:00 a.m. 

*" SAN FRANCISCO 

698 Second Street, Room 102 ■ San Francisco ■ California ■ 94107p. ,p. .p . , RR . RV 

Item 
No 

1. On ROLL CALL, the following were noted present: 

Commissioner Russell S. Roeca 

Note: Commissioner Roeca has been appointed by the Commission President to sit for the 
Hearing. 

APPEARANCES 

For San Francisco Fire Department For Chiefs Aide Horacio Candia 

Pamela Thompson, Deputy City Attorney Lawrence D. Murray, Counsel 

Katharine Hobin, Deputy City Attorney Thomas F. Norman, Counsel 

Jill Andrews Sprague, Deputy City Attorney 

Also present: 
Also present: Horacio Candia 

Paul J. Tabacco, Acting Chief of Department Tyrone Pruitt, President and 

Gary Bradford, Vice President, San 
For San Francisco Fire Commission Francisco Black Firefighters Association 

Margaret Baumgartner, Deputy City Attorney 

2. PUBLIC COMMENT 

There was no public comment. 

3. FORMAL HEARING ON A FORMAL COMPLAINT FILED BY CHIEF OF DEPARTMENT 
AGAINST HORACIO CANDIA (Continued from Meetings of 5/25/00, 6/8/00 and 7/13/00) 

Formal hearing concerning the formal complaint filed by Robert L. Demmons, Chief of 
Department, against Chiefs Aide Horacio Candia, dated May 16, 2000, for violation of the 
Rules and Regulations as follows: 

Section 3912 - Intoxicants/Drugs 

Substance Policy - Employee Refusal for Drug Test 

Any refusal to be tested will be considered an admission to the use of an 
illegal/controlled substance and/or being under the influence or consuming 
alcohol on duty. Upon refusal the member will be immediately suspended or 
recommended for termination. 

This portion of the meeting may be held in Closed Session pursuant to Government Code 
Section 54957. 



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1. Chiefs Aide Horacio Candia requested a closed hearing. 

2. There was no public comment pertaining to the closed hearing. The Commission 
went into closed session at 9:10 a.m. 

Opening statement was presented by the Department and two witnesses were 
examined and cross-examined. Exhibits were entered into evidence. 

3 The Commission reconvened in open session at 5:05 p.m. Commissioner Roeca 
wished the hearing to be continued to the next day. 

a. Commissioner Roeca did not disclose any action taken. 

b. Commissioner Roeca elected not disclose any discussion held during the closed 
session. 

Note: The above represents a brief summary of events. Entire proceedings were 
recorded by court reporter. 

4. ADJOURNMENT 

There being no further business, the hearing was continued to Friday, September 14, 2001, 
9:00 a.m. 



Tania Bauer 
Secretary 



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DOCUMENTS DEPT. 

(Continued from the September 13, 2000 Special Hearing) JUN j 2 2001 
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Special Hearing, Friday, September 14, 2000 - 9:00 a.m. PUBLIC LIBRARY 
698 Second Street, Room 102 ■ San Francisco ■ California ■ 94107 

Item 
No 

1. On ROLL CALL, the following were noted present: 

Commissioner Russell S. Roeca 

Note: Commissioner Roeca has been appointed by the Commission President to sit for the 
Hearing. 

APPEARANCES 

For San Francisco Fire Department For Chiefs Aide Horacio Candia 

Pamela Thompson, Deputy City Attorney Lawrence D. Murray, Counsel 

Katharine Hobin, Deputy City Attorney Thomas F. Norman, Counsel 

Jill Andrews Sprague, Deputy City Attorney 

Also present: 
Also present: Horacio Candia 

Paul J. Tabacco, Acting Chief of Department Tyrone Pruitt, President and 

Gary Bradford, Vice President, San 
For San Francisco Fire Commission Francisco Black Firefighters Association 

Margaret Baumgartner, Deputy City Attorney 

2. PUBLIC COMMENT 

There was no public comment. 

3. FORMAL HEARING ON A FORMAL COMPLAINT FILED BY CHIEF OF DEPARTMENT 
AGAINST HORACIO CANDIA (Continued from Meetings of 5/25/00, 6/8/00 and 7/13/00) 

Formal hearing concerning the formal complaint filed by Robert L. Demmons, Chief of 
Department, against Chiefs Aide Horacio Candia, dated May 16, 2000, for violation of the 
Rules and Regulations as follows: 

Section 3912 - Intoxicants/Drugs 

Substance Policy - Employee Refusal for Drug Test 

Any refusal to be tested will be considered an admission to the use of an 
illegal/controlled substance and/or being under the influence or consuming 
alcohol on duty. Upon refusal the member will be immediately suspended or 
recommended for termination. 

This portion of the meeting may be held in Closed Session pursuant to Government Code 
Section 54957. 



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1 . Chiefs Aide Horacio Candia requested a closed hearing. 

2. There was no public comment pertaining to the closed hearing. The Commission 
went into closed session at 9:05 a.m. 

Witness examination and cross-examination continued. Further exhibits were 
entered into evidence. 

3. The Commission reconvened in open session at 3:50 p.m. 

a. Commissioner Roeca did not disclose any action taken. 

b. Commissioner Roeca elected not disclose any discussion held during the closed 
session. 

Note: The above represents a brief summary of events. Entire proceedings were 
recorded by court reporter. 

4. ADJOURNMENT 

There being no further business, the hearing was continued to Friday, September 22, 2001, 
8:00 a.m. 



Tania Bauer 
Secretary 



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FIRE COMMISSION 

City and County of San Francisco 



Hadley Roff, President 
Stephen Nakajo, Vice President 
Carlota del Portillo, Commissioner 
Pat Norman, Commissioner 
Russell Roeca, Commissioner 



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698 Second Street 
San Francisco CA 94107 
Telephone 415.558.3451 

Fax 415.558.3413 
Tania Bauer, Secretary 



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^MINUTES OF THE FIRE COMMISSION 

Regular Meeting - Thursday - September 14, 2000 - 6:00 p.m. 

698 Second Street, Room 102 



Item 
No. 



1. ON ROLL CALL, the following were noted present: 

President Hadley Roff 
Vice President Stephen A. Nakajo 
Commissioner Carlota del Portillo 
Commissioner Pat Norman 
Commissioner Russell S. Roeca 



Paul J. Tabacco 
Bernie F. Lee 
Joseph C. Asaro 



Acting Chief of Department 
Deputy Chief, Operations 
Deputy Chief, Administration 



Assistant Deputy Chiefs - Staff : 



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Khairul A. Ali 
Ray Balzarini 
Joanne Hayes-White 
Daniel A. Sullivan 
Gary P. Massetani 

Chief Officers - Staff: 



Management Services 
Division of Airports 
Division of Training 
Support Services 
Fire Prevention 



Richard C. Shortall 
Marshal Isaacs, M.D 



- Emergency Medical Services 

- Emergency Medical Services 

Chief Officers - Firefiqhtinq Services : 



Johnny R. Lo 
Richard D. Bracco 
Aaron C. Stevenson 

2. APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES 



Division 1 
Division 2 (Acting) 
Division 3 



Regular Meeting of August 24, 2000, Special Hearing of July 13, 2000, and Special Meetings 
of July 27, August 21 , August 24 (5:00 p.m.), August 28, and September 5, 2000. 

Commissioner del Portillo wished the record to show that she only approved the minutes of 
the meetings which she had attended. 



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Commissioner Roeca moved and Commissioner del Portillo seconded. There were no 
questions or discussion and the minutes were approved as presented. 

3. CONSENT CALENDAR 

All matters listed hereunder (Items A through I) constitute a Consent Calendar, were 
considered to be routine by the Fire Commission, and were acted upon by a single roll-call 
vote of the Commission. 

Commissioner Norman referred to the accidents being reported and wished to know tne 
amount of money the Department paid out. The Secretary responded that a monthly report 
was published by the Claims Bureau of the City Attorney's Office and was part of the 
Commissioner's dockets. 

Commissioner Norman further wished to know if there was any safety campaign in progress 
that was aimed at reducing the number of accidents which involved Fire Department 
apparatus and vehicles. Acting Chief Tabacco responded that Chiefs Lee and Asaro have 
met with the Accident Review Board and determined that there is a need for more training. 
As soon as funding can be identified, the Department plans to send 12 members to a train- 
the-trainers program offered by the State in emergency vehicle operation and driving. These 
individuals would then train drivers and tiller operators in order to reduce the number of 
accidents. 

Furthermore, Commissioner Norman wondered if it was normal to have between 112 and 
114 individuals off duty and how this affected the operations of the Department. Chief 
Tabacco responded that he wished Deputy Chief of Administration, Joseph Asaro, to 
respond since he was spearheading the Workers Compensation Committee. Chief Asaro 
responded that the average is approximately 100 individuals off duty but recently there was 
an increase in workers' comp. The length of off duty varies with the type of injury with back 
injuries taking the longest time to rehabilitate. The impact is on overtime since minimum 
staffing is required on rigs regardless of the number of individuals on overtime. Chief Asaro 
noted that there is a new and very competent management team at the Workers' Comp 
division which is assisting City departments in more effectively managing their Workers' 
Comp. Additionally, the Department has formed a committee composed of Dr. Owen, 
department physician, Colleen Bales, nurse practitioner, Brenda McCutcheon, acting 
medical leave supervisor, Assistant Deputy Chief Ray Balzarini, Airport, and himself, which 
meets on a weekly basis to review the types of injuries and spot any trends. Chief Asaro 
hoped that through this committee and a closer partnership with Workers' Comp the impact 
will soon be felt of getting individuals back to work and, thereby, reducing those off duty 
numbers. 

A. Monthly Reports 

Division of Training 

Submitting monthly report from Division of Training concerning activities performed during 
August, 2000. 

Physician's Reports 

Submitting biweekly reports of Fire Department Physician concerning disability injuries, July 
22 through August 4, 2000, and August 5 through August 18, 2000. 



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B. Appointments 



Reporting the following PERMANENT EXEMPT appointment effective July 24, 2000: 
H51 Assistant Deputy Chief II 

Johnny R. Lo (vice: Retired H50 position, TX'd to H51) 

Reporting the following PROBATIONARY appointment effective August 28, 2000: 
H2 Firefighter 

Wayman Duncan (vice: Timothy Ware, automatic resignation) 

Reporting the following TEMPORARY EXEMPT appointment effective August 11, 2000: 
H110 Marine Engineer 

Richard Currie (vice: As Needed) 

Reporting the following PERMANENT appointments effective July 22, 2000: 

2532 Paramedic 

Sean Parkin 
James Green 
Michael Day 
Andrew Logan 
Nathan Shapiro 
Joel Newton 
Kirt Thomason 

Reporting the following REINSTATEMENT effective August 25,2000: 
H2 Firefighter 

Darren Bortmas (vice: Douglas Dryden, automatic resignation) 

Temporary Appointments 

Reporting having made 308 temporary appointments August 5 through August 18, 2000. 

Correction of Minutes 

Reporting that the effective date of Permanent Exempt appointment of H51 Assistant 
Deputy Chief II Frank Cercos should be July 28, 2000, instead of April 1, 2000. (Item 3.B - 
Fire Commission Minutes 04-13-00) 

C. Retirement - Date Change 

Amending Item 3.C, Fire Commission Minutes 07-27-00, to indicate that the new retirement 
date for 1844 Senior Management Assistant Carl Koon, is September 6, 2000, instead of 
July 22, 2000, as previously reported. 

D. Military Leave 

Submitting for approval application from one member for Military Leave of Absence with pay, 
in order to comply with Military Orders received from his commanding officer: 



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Name Rank Dates Days Military Organization Purpose 

Pampanin, Vincent H2 FF 08-26-00 thru 2 CA Army Res. Attend Active 

Sgt. E-5 08-27-00 Mofett Field, CA Duty Training 

E. Suspension 

Reporting suspension of Firefighter Vitani Benjamin, Engine 19, for two days, July 30 and 
31 , 2000, for violation of Section 3926 of the Rules and Regulations (Tardiness/Failure to 
Report). 

F. Resignation 

Submitting resignation of the following: 

H2 Firefighter Janet Bridges, effective close of business August 25, 2000. (Resigned with 
satisfactory services. Approximate length of service - seven years.) 

Probationary H2 Firefighter David Stratta, effective close of business August 21, 2000. 
(Resigned with satisfactory services. Started work 08-07-00.) 

1424 Clerk Typist Lailani J. Pobre, effective close of business June 27, 2000. (Resigned 
with satisfactory services. Approximate length of service - seven years.) 

G. Leaves of Absence 

Submitting requests for leaves of absence with pay for the following: 

Battalion Chief Douglas L. Goodin and Rescue Captains Ehrhart Groothoff and James 
Fazackerley, assigned to the Emergency Communications Department (ECD), for four days, 
August 29 through September 1, 2000, in order to attend the Navigator 2000 - NAEMD 
(National Academy of Emergency Medical Dispatch) Educational Summit and Conference 
by the ECD being held in Las Vegas. There is no cost to the Fire Department; all expenses 
will be paid by the ECD. Battalion Chief Goodin will not be replaced. Rescue Captains 
Groothoff and Fazackerley will be replaced for one watch each. 

Michael Taylor, Director, MIS, for three days, September 25 through 27, 2000, in order to 
attend the National Fire Information Council (NIFC) Conference in San Antonio, Texas. 
There is no cost the Fire Department; all expenses will be paid by the NIFC. Mr. Taylor will 
not be replaced. 

H. Accidents 

Submitting reports and recommendations of the Accident Review Committee regarding the 
following accidents: 

Accident No. Accident Date Serial No. Category Recommendation 

Engine 3 00-1-006 7/4/00 603 B File 

Off: T/Lt. Dean Crispen Drv: FF Mark Sikora 

Cause: Failure to yield - Eng 3, responding with red lights and siren, proceeded through an 
intersection and was struck by a civilian vehicle that had entered the intersection 
with a yellow light 



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HP Valve Unit 00-1-007 7/7/00 942 A File 

Drv U/Plumber William Turner 

Cause Driver inattention - While backing up, driver failed to spot vehicle that had stopped 

behind HP Valve Unit 



Engine 20 00-1-008 7/7/00 587 A File 

Off Lt. James McHugh Drv: FF Maurice Thouvenin 

Cause: Apparatus door - A firefighter erroneously closed the apparatus door on Eng 20 
which was parked on the apron of Station 20 



BFP-HQ 00-1-009 7/7/00 205 B Bill 

Drv: Lt. Fernando Juarez 

Cause: While parked, department vehicle was struck by a civilian vehicle backing out of a 
parking stall 



Truck 18 00-1-010 7/10/00 615 A File 

Off: Lt. Roger Pruyn Drv: FF John Shinn Tlr: FF Thomas McDonagh 

Cause: Misjudged clearance (tiller) - While making left turn, rear end of Trk 18 struck an 
arterial stop sign 



Engine 36 00-1-011 7/10/00 514 A File 

Off: Lt. Robert Postel Drv: FF Michael Fauss 

Cause: Misjudged clearance - While responding to an incident, Eng 36 struck the left 
mirror of a civilian vehicle 



Ambulance 92 00-1-012 7/11/00 712 A File 

Drv: FF Peter Leonard 

Cause: Misjudged clearance - Amb 92, travelling southbound on Mission Street, struck the 
left mirror of a parked civilian vehicle 



Engine 21 00-1-013 7/13/00 526 A File 

Off: Lt. Michael Drake Drv: FF Michelle McCoy 

Cause: Misjudged clearance - While responding, Eng 21 struck the side mirror of two 
parked civilian vehicles 



Truck 1 00-1-014 7/13/00 624 C File 

Off: T/Lt. John DiLuzio Drv: FF John C. Murphy Tlr: FF Patrick Martinez 

Cause: Misjudged clearance (tiller) - While responding, tiller of Trk 1 struck right rear of a 
moving civilian vehicle 



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Truck 7 00-1-015 7/17/00 620 A File 

Off: T/Lt. Victor Hurtado Drv: FF/PM John Caba Tlr: FF Robert Vigil 

Cause: Misjudged clearance - While responding to an incident, Trk 7 struck a parked truck 



BOE 00-1-016 7/21/00 925 A File 

Drv: FF William Ang 

Cause: Misjudged clearance - While backing up, driver struck side of garage; no spotters 
were available 



Truck 3 00-1-017 7/22/00 623 A File 

Off: T/Lt. John O'Shea Drv: FF Eric Sadler Tlr: FF Christopher Salas 

Cause: Misjudged clearance - Trk 3, while backing into quarters, lightly struck Eng 3 
which was parked on the apparatus floor; spotters were posted, but driver was 
unable to hear warning 



Truck 16 00-1-018 7/22/00 614 A File 

Off: Lt. Marty Ross Drv: FF John Sperry Tlr: FF Patric Steele 

Cause: Misjudged clearance - While exiting station in response to an alarm, Trk 16 struck 
metal stanchion 



EMSRC1 00-1-019 7/23/00 916 B File 

Off: T/PM Capt. Eric Storey 

Cause: During safety check, damage to right side of department vehicle was noticed 



Truck 9 00-1-020 7/23/00 618 B File 

Off: Lt. Robert Kim Drv: FF John Voelker Tlr: FF Robert Lopez 

Cause: Failure to yield - Trk 9 was responding with red lights and siren and, while making 

a right turn, struck a civilian vehicle when tiller overcompensated to avoid another 

vehicle which fled the scene 



BFI 00-1-021 7/26/00 969 A File 

Drv: Inv. Martin McGuinn 

Cause: Misjudged clearance - While backing up, department vehicle hit a tree; no spotters 
were available 



DOT Relief Truck 00-1-022 7/27/00 609 A File 

Off: Lt. Joseph Driscoll Drv: Recruit Donyale Hale Tlr: Recruit Kenneth Martin 

Cause: Misjudged clearance (tiller error) - During driver/tiller training, tiller did not 
compensate and the rear end of truck struck a parked civilian vehicle 

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Medic 36 00-1-023 7/27/00 733 A 

Drv FF/PM Rachael Atchison 

Cause Misjudged clearance - While exiting from Kaiser Emergency Room, Medic 36 

backed into the front of a parked civilian vehicle; no spotters were posted 



File 



Engine 25 00-1-024 7/29/00 511 B 

Off: Lt. Gilbert Cortez Drv: FF Shon Buford 

Cause: Misjudged clearance - Eng 25, while parked, was struck by a civilian vehicle 



Bill 



Medic 15 00-1-025 7/30/00 727 A File 

Drv: FF/PM John Drake 

Cause: Misjudged clearance - Medic 15 and Eng 39 both responded to a medical 
emergency, and while attempting to parallel park, Medic 15 clipped Eng 39 
knocking off Medic 15's left side mirror 

Category A - An accident which has occurred because of inattention to vehicle operator's and/or officer's 
responsibilities or because of misjudgment of clearance in operating apparatus near stationary objects. 

Category B - An accident in which fire department personnel exercised reasonable judgment and precautions, 
exhibited good apparatus operator's and officer's skills and observed all state, local and fire department 
statutes, ordinances and rules. 

Category C - An accident which has occurred because of apparatus operator's misjudgment of clearance, 
deficiency in defensive driving techniques, or failure to anticipate other vehicle's movements. 

I. Unlitigated Claims 

Submitting report from City Attorney's Office on unlitigated claims for July 2000: 



Name of Claimant 



Claim Amount Filed/Paid 



Accident No./Category/Unit 



Date of Accident 



Bonni Chu 
Yanning Fan 
Salvacion Cajayon 
Sean Casement 
Steven Underwood 
Wei Liang Li 
Shau Haw Koo 
Siu Mee Owyeng 
Mary Daverin 
David Sanchez 
William Caplan 
Lawrence Walker 
Chelsea Wlson 



$1,092.90/$ 728.60 99-0-065 (B) /BFP 09-20-99 

0/ 864.39 99-0-117 (A) /Eng 2 12-12-99 

1,686.88/ 1,664.88 99-0-127 (A) /Eng 32 12-21-99 

3,849.41/1,012.30 99-0-142 (A) /Eng 11 01-11-00 

2,041.24/2,041.24 99-0-145 (A) /Trk 8 01-13-00 

1 ,686.08/ 1 ,686.08 99-0-1 74 (A) /Eng 2 02-1 3-00 

1 ,734.58/ 1 ,734.58 99-0-1 85 (A) /Eng 42 03-04-00 

3,156.81/3,156.81 99-0-198 (C) /Medic 41 03-27-00 

1,322.93/ 1 ,822.93 99-0-224 (A) /Eng 16 05-06-00 

0/1,898.80 Property damage 10-29-98 

1,729.93/1,729.93 Property damage 01-24-00 

1,967.00/1,967.00 Property damage 04-08-00 

165.00/ 165.00 Property damage 05-02-00 



Commissioner del Portillo moved and Commissioner Roeca seconded. There were no 
questions or discussion and Items A through I on the Consent Calendar were approved or 
ordered filed as appropriate. 



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4. REGULAR CALENDAR -NEW BUSINESS 

A. Letters of Commendation 

Submitted three letters commending members of the Department for response to requests 
for assistance, emergencies, or training. 

President Roff directed that these letters be acknowledged and incorporated in the minutes 
of today's meeting. 

B. Chief of Department's Monthly Report 

Submitted monthly report from Chief of Department on monthly status of department 
personnel, equipment and apparatus for August 2000. 

Commissioner Roeca moved and Commissioner Norman seconded. 

Acting Chief Tabacco wished to apprise the Commission of several issues of concern to 
him. One issue being Workers' Comp, already addressed by Chief Asaro, and another was 
overtime. The department has been overspending its overtime budget, primarily due to 
individuals off on Workers' Comp in addition to those on light duty and off sick. Typically, in 
July and August the Department experiences its highest use of overtime and, hopefully, the 
trend will now proceed downward. Chief Tabacco stated that he is meeting on a regular 
basis with the Ed Harrington, Matthew Hymel and individuals from the Mayor's Budget Office 
to develop strategies to bring the situation under control. Furthermore, a General Order will 
be issued to re-institute policies on sick leave to assist the physician's office and the medical 
leave supervisor in monitoring sick leave. The last issue is an update on the status of the 
ALS engine companies which were implemented over the past weeks. Chief Tabacco 
requested that EMS Division Chief, Assistant Deputy Chief Richard Shortall, and Dr. 
Marshall Isaacs, medical Director, provide the update. 

Dr. Isaacs provided an overview of emergency medical services in San Francisco from its 
inception as an ambulance service over a hundred years ago to its current status today. He 
noted that twenty years ago San Francisco, under the authority of the Department of Public 
Health, starting training ambulance personnel to be Paramedics who could provide the 
highest level of pre-hospital emergency care possible. Next came the introduction of 
smaller, lighter and smarter defibrillators and the Fire Department launched its Early 
Defibrillator Program staffing each of its fire engines with an emergency medical technician 
(EMT) as well as emergency supplies and a defibrillator. In the mid-1 990's it became clear 
that the way the EMS system was configured, critically ill patients received basic life support 
by firefighter/EMTs in about three to six minutes following a 911 call but Paramedics with 
advanced life support did arrive for approximately six to twelve minutes. This led to the 
merge of the Department of Public Health's Paramedic Division with the Fire Department, 
with the single major driving force being the cross training of paramedics as firefighters and 
vice versa. The result being that fire engines could be staffed with fully cross trained 
firefighters/paramedics as well as firefighters/EMTs, providing advanced life support level 
emergency care to critically ill or injured patients within three to six minutes, with additional 
paramedics arriving on an ambulance a few minutes later. The minutes saved can mean life 
or death to some patients. 

Two weeks ago the Fire Department implemented the first of four ALS paramedic engines. It 
is hoped that soon ALS paramedic engines can serve every neighborhood of San Francisco. 
Dr. Isaacs noted that there still is a great amount of work that needs to be done regarding 
EMS in the department, specifically, addressing the issues of paramedic ambulance volume 

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and workload. He hoped that the commission continues to support and monitor progress in 
this area. Prior to responding to questions, he asked EMS Chief Shortall to address some 
operational specifics. 

Chief Shortall provided an overview of how a call for medical assistance is received and 
dispatched. Once the call has been evaluated as an advanced or basic life support call, 
using a standard system of series called criteria-based dispatching, the appropriate 
apparatus is dispatched. For example, if it is an ALS call the nearest engine company is 
dispatched and the closest ALS ambulance staffed with two paramedics. The engine 
company arrives rapidly, since there is large number of them located strategically through 
the city, and it takes somewhat longer for the ambulance to arrive. Chief Shortall noted that 
the firefighters do a great job when they arrive since they are trained in responder and EMT 
skills, and a number of definitive lifesaving techniques, as well as defibrillation. But there are 
specific advanced life support skills that only paramedics have, such as intubation and 
cardiac medicines, which can make a difference between life and death. An ALS paramedic 
engine, therefore, can immediately start that process prior to the arrival of an ambulance. 

Chief Shortall stated that in the first twelve days after system implementation, the three ALS 
paramedic engines responded to 55 calls. In all cases, they arrived prior to the ambulances. 
Each patient received an ALS assessment by the paramedic and half of the patients 
received some type of ALS treatment, even an intubation, prior to the arrival of the 
ambulance. There have been no reports of unusual occurrences or complaints filed, either 
by EMS personnel or patients responded to, nor any adverse outcomes. Chief Shortall 
remarked on the outstanding teamwork that has been taking place and the willingness of 
firefighters jump in help wherever necessary. This, of course, shortens the overall speed of 
delivery for a patient to where the ultimate definitive care is, namely, the emergency 
department of a hospital. Chief Shortall believes that the implementation has been 
successful so far and well received by all. He looks forward to expanding but will need more 
firefighter/paramedics to accomplish it. President Roff thanked Dr. Isaacs and Chief Shortall 
for an excellent report. 

Commissioner Nakajo commended Dr. Isaacs and Chief Shortall on the success of the 
program. Since the term teamwork was mentioned, he wished to know how the rank and file 
were accepting the concept of the ALS engines, since there had been resistance to this ever 
since the merger, especially the cross training aspect. He wondered if there was an 
acceptance now by traditional firefighters of the Paramedic Division, and if the ALS engine 
project was instrumental in this. 

Chief Shortall responded that there have been many EMS and Fire Service mergers 
throughout the country and that they are complex and not always smooth. Fortunately, in the 
ALS engine project, individuals are working closely together, particularly on the same 
apparatus, which necessitates teamwork and promotes cohesion and bonding. He believes 
it to be a positive direction for the department. 

Commissioner Nakajo also wished to know about cross training and the workforce, since the 
department is being asked to respond to more and more medical emergencies with a 
common sight being an engine and an ambulance at an incident. He wondered where this 
workforce would come from. 

Chief Shortall responded that there is a variety of EMS models but he believes the most 
successful system is a complete integration of the workforce. The best way to integrate the 
workforce is to have fully trained firefighters/paramedics. This does not lessen in any way 
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is so valuable. Furthermore, the best teamwork is also achieved through the 
firefighter/paramedic model. Chief Shortall stated that from the 140 paramedics that came 
from the Department of Public Health, 112 have been fully cross trained but considerably 
more are needed. He believes that the Department will need additional hires despite the 
best efforts of cross training. Various ways of recruiting are currently being discussed, 
including starting a paramedic training program at City College. 

Commissioner Norman wished to know what the optimum complement for firefighters and 
paramedics should be in the department. Chief Tabacco responded that currently it is close 
1900 and that the department was 50 short of full staffing. If the count stood at 2000, 
overtime problems could be resolved. Regarding an optimum number of 
firefighter/paramedics in the system, Chief Shortall responded that it should be between 325 
and 425. The current count stands at 210. He added that many aspects of this, as mandated 
by the Charter, are under the management and control of the EMS Section of the 
Department of Public Health. 

Commissioner Norman was also interested in communication between the rank and file, 
paramedics and EMTs and EMS management. Dr. Isaacs responded that they had an open 
door policy and are willing to have conversations with any member of the department in 
person, by telephone or email. Commissioner Norman noted that many times it was 
beneficial to communicate on a more collegial level with input from individuals who are 
performing the work on how the work should be done. Dr. Isaacs responded that this is 
difficult due to the highly regulatory nature of the work. Commissioner del Portillo added that 
she hoped that there would further discussion on communication versus participatory 
governance. She noted that these were cutting edge issues and were being practiced in 
educational institutions and other places were marriages had occurred for a variety of 
reasons but not necessarily voluntary. She would be interested in participating in these 
discussions in some manner. Furthermore, Commissioner del Portillo suggested that the 
department should chose every opportunity to build positive public opinion, such as, due to 
the EMS merger more effective services are provided to the public in medical emergencies 
by firefighter/paramedics. 

Commissioner Norman noted that when she was signing the retirement certificates she 
realized how many years of experience were being lost, namely, 570 years, all at the same 
time. Commissioner Norman wondered, after the past discussion of sick leave and vacation, 
if the department could experience the same problem it did last year at Christmas of running 
short on engine companies. Chief Tabacco assured Commissioner Norman that he has 
been working with Chief Murphy, Bureau of Assignments, to prevent such an occurrence. 

President Roff thanked everyone who participated in this informative exchange and declared 
how invaluable it is for the Commission to nave the opportunity to explore in depth issues 
affecting operations in the Department. Chief Tabacco was appreciative of the 
Commissioner's comments and looked forward to being able to have these presentations on 
the various activities in the department. 

Public Comment 

John Darmanin wished clarification of a point made by Chief Shortall in the EMS 
presentation regarding that almost all of the H3s were cross trained. He is concerned since 
he believes that none of the H3s have served any type of probation yet on Engines or 
Trucks, which would actually make them fully cross trained. The current H3s have 
undergone academy training but the training process is not complete until it includes actual 
field training, that is, going to fires and learning from experienced firefighters and officers in 

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the field. It is a large undertaking and he hopes this will take place before another 500 years 
of experience retires. Mr. Darmanin wished to point out to the Commission that until the 
paramedics undergo a probationary period where they are actually being drilled in fire 
fighting tactics as well as going to fires on a watch by watch basis, they can not be 
considered fully cross trained. 

Daniel Fulmer, Captain, Station 14, he wished to comment on how transformation was going 
that Commissioners Norman and Nakajo had asked about. He stated that he could not 
speak for other stations but that at Station 14, ever since the ambulances arrived, it has 
been a positive experience for the individuals on the ambulance crews and the crews under 
his command. Mr. Fulmer believes that the paramedics who have been there for a number 
of years now found it also to be a positive experience. 

Commissioner Roeca thanked Mr. Fulmer for attending the Commission meeting and 
providing his comments. Commissioner Roeca stated that the transition the department is 
undergoing was necessary - it was deemed as being the most prudent and efficient use of 
resources. He noted that all change is difficult and merging different philosophies and work 
ethics is especially difficult. As more changes occur, it will be of great help to provide the 
type communication that Commissioner Norman spoke of earlier, and have more people 
come here and express their grievances or their praise. 

There were no further questions or discussion and the monthly report of Chief of 
Department was approved. 

C. Request for Fireboat "Guardian" to participate in "Alma" event in Sacramento 

Commissioner Roeca moved and Commissioner del Portillo seconded. 

Assistant Deputy Chief Sullivan reported that the Fireboat "Guardian" traveled to 
Sacramento and participated in the successful "Alma" event. San Francisco firefighters met 
Governor Grey Davis and Rusty Areias, Superintendent of Parks, in addition to 
strengthening links with the Sacramento Fire Department. The State reimbursed the San 
Francisco Fire Department for salaries, fuel cost, housing and food. 

There were no questions of discussion and the request to send Fireboat "Guardian" to 
Sacramento was approved on recommendation of Chief of Department. 

D. Emergency Medical Services 

Presentation by EMS Chief Richard Shortall and Medical Director Marshal Isaacs on 
deployment of ALS (Advanced Life Support) Engines. 

The Emergency Medical Services Report was incorporated under Item 4.B. Chief of 
Department's Monthly Report. 

E. Communications Received by Commission 

Eight communications were received by the Commission from August 17, 2000 through 
September 7, 2000. 



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F. Public Comment 



John Darmanin referred to an informational letter that he had sent to the Commission a few 
weeks ago related to surf rescue and the vacancy situation at fire stations. To date, he had 
not received any response or comments from the Commission. He added that if further 
clarification was needed, he would be happy to oblige. 

Mr. Darmanin also informed the Commission that a meet and confer meeting will be 
scheduled related to his lawsuit. Additionally, he described a lawsuit that he brought against 
the department several years ago and how little response he received from the department. 
He wished the Commission to know that he attempted to resolve it without taking it back to 
court and he is disappointed that neither the Fire Commission nor Acting Chief Tabacco 
tried to resolve the matter and bring closure to him and his family. 

G. Adjournment 

President Roff wished to adjourn this Commission meeting in memory of former Mayor 
George Christopher, a remarkable San Franciscan, who passed away this morning. Mayor 
Christopher who during his eight years, 1956-1964, left a lasting legacy to this City, among 
them was bringing the Giants to San Francisco, was a man of great. He was still active and 
acute at the age of 92. He will be greatly missed. 

There being no further business to come before the Commission, the meeting was 
adjourned at 7:20 p.m., out of respect to the memory of former Mayor George Christopher. 



Tania Bauer 
Secretary 



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City and County of San Francisco 



Recreation and Park Department 




August 25, 2000 



Chief Robert Demmons 

San Francisco Fire Department 

698 - 2 nd Street 

San Francisco, CA 94107 

Dear Chief Demmons: 

Thank you so much for helping with the Friends of Recreation and Parks' "Dino Dayz" in 
Golden Gate Park. The Fire Department trucks were a great addition to our field day, and 
were enjoyed by all the children. 

The robotic fire engine was awesome and a perfect toy-learning tool for the school-age 
group. Your friendly staff had fun showing the equipment to everyone. Thanks to Lt. 
Fernando Juarez, Community Affairs Officer, who helped coordinate your Department's 
participation in the event. 

Again, the participation of the San Francisco Fire Department was appreciated and helped 
the Recreation and Park Department staff host a successful event for over 1 ,200 children. 

Thank you and I look forward to seeing you at future activities. 

Sincerely, 



Pat Wiley 

Assistant Recreation Supervisor 

Tenderloin Satellite and Special Events 

PW/cm 

CC: Lt Fernando Juarez 



McLaren Lodge, Golden Gate Park 

501 Stanyan Street 

San Francisco, CA 94117-1898 



Phone:(415)831-2700 
Fax: (415) 668-3330 



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The Voice of the West 

August 9, 2000 

Paul Tabacco, Deputy Chief of Operations 
San Francisco Fire Department 

Dear Sir: 

By way of introduction, I am a reporter at the Chronicle and have worked with Lt. Ed 
Campbell repeatedly over the years. In recent months, I have been dealing with him 
several times a week on a delicate, complicated story. I wanted you to know that he had 
been extremely helpful, prompt and courteous in all my dealings with him. He is a delight 
to work with and I wanted you to know that. He represents the department in an excellent 
fashion. 

Sincerely, 





>usan Sward 
Reporter 



Mission Street. San Francisco, California 94103-2988 (41 5)-777-1 1 1 1 





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^^fT On 1 st May 2000 I suffered a heart attack whilst visiting 
the USA and I am writing this letter on behalf of my 
f, wife, Judy and myself to express our sincere 
appreciation for the assistance and support that was 
*given to us by your paramedics. Their quick response 
\ to our distress call was indeed appreciated and the care 
and support given to me was outstanding. 

■4& ^ e are now sa fety back in Australia and settling down 
^^ but felt that the wonderful assistance given to us should 
not be overlooked. 

^Mt& Would you please pass on our gratitude to the 
r paramedics who attended that night Unfortunately we 
did not get the opportunity to find out their names but 
they attended and transported me from the Carlton 
Hotel in Sutter Street to San Francisco General 
Hospital in the early hours of Monday 1 st May. 







Thanking you once again. 

Kind regards 

Paul and Judy Williams 





P/M Andrew Baron 
P/M Nathan Shapiro 





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FIRE COMMISSION 

DOCUMENTS DEPT 

JUN 1 2 2001 

698 Second Street, Room 102 . San Francisco . California - 94107 SAN FRANCISCO 

PUBLIC LIBRARY 



< MINUTES OF THE FIRE COMMISSION 

Special Hearing, Friday, September 22, 2000 - 8:00 a.m. 



Item 
No 



On ROLL CALL, the following were noted present: 

Commissioner Russell S. Roeca 

Note: Commissioner Roeca has been appointed by the Commission President to sit for the 
Hearing. 

APPEARANCES 



For Chiefs Aide Horacio Candia 
Lawrence D. Murray, Counsel 
Thomas F. Norman, Counsel 

Also Present: 

Horacio Candia 

Tyrone Pruitt, President, San Francisco 

Black Firefighters Association 



For San Francisco Fire Department 

Jill Andrews Sprague, Deputy City Attorney 

Katharine Hobin, Deputy City Attorney 

Also present: 

Paul J. Tabacco, Acting Chief of Department 

For San Francisco Fire Commission 
Marie Blits, Deputy City Attorney 

2. PUBLIC COMMENT 

There was no public comment. 

3. FORMAL HEARING ON A FORMAL COMPLAINT FILED BY CHIEF OF DEPARTMENT 
AGAINST HORACIO CANDIA (Continued from Meetings of 5/25/00, 6/8/00, 7/13/00, 
9/13/00 and 9/14/00) 

Formal hearing concerning the formal complaint filed by Robert L. Demmons, Chief of 
Department, against Chiefs Aide Horacio Candia, dated May 16, 2000, for violation of the 
Rules and Regulations as follows: 

Section 3912 - Intoxicants/Drugs 

Substance Policy - Employee Refusal for Drug Test 

Any refusal to be tested will be considered an admission to the use of an 
illegal/controlled substance and/or being under the influence or consuming 
alcohol on duty. Upon refusal the member will be immediately suspended or 
recommended for termination. 

This portion of the meeting may be held in Closed Session pursuant to Government Code 
Section 54957. 

1 . Chiefs Aide Horacio Candia requested a closed hearing. 



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2. There was no public comment pertaining to the closed hearing. The Commission 
went into closed session at 8:15 a.m. 

Witness examination and cross-examination continued. Further exhibits were 
entered into evidence. 

3. The Commission reconvened in open session at 4:45 p.m. 

a. Commissioner Roeca did not disclose any action taken. 

b. Commissioner Roeca elected not disclose any discussion held during the closed 
session. 

Note: The above represents a brief summary of events. Entire proceedings were 
recorded by court reporter. 

4. ADJOURNMENT 

There being no further business, the hearing was continued to Friday, September 29, 2000, 
8:00 a.m. 



Tania Bauer 
Secretary 



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Hadley Roff, President 
Stephen Nakajo, Vice President 
Carlota del Portillo, Commissioner 
Pat Norman, Commissioner 
. Russell Roeca, Commissioner 

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F IRE COMMISSION 

City and County of £an Francisco 




698 Second Street 

San Francisco CA 94107 

Telephone 415.558.3451 

Fax 415.558.3413 

Tania Bauer, Secretary 



No. 00-33 



MINUTES OF THE FIRE COMMISSION 



Regular Meeting - Thursday - September 28, 2000 - 6:00 p.m. 

698 Second Street, Room 102 



Item 
No. 



1. ON ROLL CALL, the following were noted present: 

President Hadley Roff 
Vice President Stephen A. Nakajo 
Commissioner Carlota del Portillo 
Commissioner Pat Norman 
Commissioner Russell S. Roeca 



Paul J. Tabacco 
Joseph C. Asaro 



Acting Chief of Department 
Deputy Chief, Administration 



Assistant Deputy Chiefs - Staff : 



DOCUMENTS DEPT. 

OCT 1 2000 

SAN FRANCISCO 
PUBLIC LIBRARY 



Khairul A. Ali 
Ray Balzarini 
Joanne Hayes-White 
Daniel A. Sullivan 
Gary P. Massetani 

Chief Officers - Staff: 



- Management Services 

- Division of Airports 

- Division of Training 

- Support Services 

- Fire Prevention 



Marshal Isaacs, M.D. - Emergency Medical Services 

Chief Officers - Firefiqhtinq Services : 



Henry T. Smith 
Robert G. Boudoures 
Arthur W. Kenney 



Division 1 (Acting) 
Division 2 (Acting) 
Division 3 



2. APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES 

Regular Meeting of September 14, 2000, and Special Meetings of July 13 and August 24, 2000. 

Commissioner Roeca moved and Commissioner del Portillo seconded. There were no 
questions or discussion and the minutes ere approved as presented. 



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3. CONSENT CALENDAR 



All matters listed hereunder (Items A through H) constitute a Consent Calendar, were 
considered to be routine by the Fire Commission, and were acted upon by a single roll-call 
vote of the Commission. 

A. Monthly Reports 

Division of Fire Prevention & Investigation 

Submitting monthly report from Division of Fire Prevention & Investigation concerning 
activities performed during August 2000. 

Division of Management Services 

Submitting monthly report from Division of Management Services concerning activities 
performed during August 2000. 

Physician's Report 

Submitting biweekly report of Fire Department Physician concerning disability injuries, 
August 19 through September 1, 2000. 

B. Appointments 

Reporting the following TEMPORARY EXEMPT appointment effective July 31, 2000: 
0140 Chief of Department 

Paul J. Tabacco (vice: Robert Demmons, retired) 

Reporting the following TEMPORARY EXEMPT appointment effective August 14, 2000: 
0150 Deputy Chief, Operations 

Bernie F. Lee (vice: Paul J. Tabacco, apptd. Acting Chief of Dept.) 

Reporting the following PROBATIONARY appointments effective September 6, 2000: 

H3 Firefighter 

James Ward Kyle Merkins 

George Cerna James Mulholland 

Oscar Cabrera Simon Pang 

Michael Arsanis Nicholas Payne 

Charles Daley Christopher Posey 

Arthur Davis Matthew Phillips 

Hans Enz John Putt 

Scott Eberhart Russell Richards 

Meir Gordon Martin Spalka 

Peter Howes John Grant 

Bryan Hendon David Spencer 

Scott Kinkade Niels Tangherlini 

John Marberry Rafael Gordon 

Charles Faciani-McGowan Michael Tragesser 

(Note : The above 28 H3 Firefighter/Paramedics are appointed vice self. 
They are currently H1 Fire Rescue Paramedics) 

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Temporary Appointments 

Reporting having made 287 temporary appointments August 19 through September 1, 2000. 

C. Retirements 

Communications received from Retirement Board indicating the following members have 
retired: 



Name 


Rank 


Type 


Retirement Date 


Demmons, Robert L. 


0140 Chief of Department 


Service 


Jul. 29,2000 


Kelly, Thomas J. 


H30 Captain 


Service 


Aug. 26, 2000 


Davis, Early L. 


H28 Lieutenant, DOT 


Service 


Sep. 02, 2000 


Kubel, Dennis D. 


H20 Lieutenant 


Service 


Aug. 19,2000 


DeStefano, Leonard E. 


H10 Chiefs Aide 


Service 


Aug. 25, 2000 


Healy, James T. 


H10 Chiefs Aide 


Service 


Aug. 05, 2000 


Bastian, Karl B.. 


H2 Firefighter 


Service 


Aug. 26, 2000 


Jordan, William A. 


H2 Firefighter 


Service 


Aug. 01,2000 


Koon, Carl B. 


1844Sr.Mgt.Asst. 


Service 


Sep. 06, 2000 



(Retirement Certificates will be presented at a Fire Commission meeting in November) 

D. Military Leaves 

Submitting for approval applications from three members for Military Leaves of Absence with 
pay, in order to comply with Military Orders received from their commanding officers: 



Name 


Rank 


Dates 


Days 


Military Organization 


Purpose 


Driscoll, Joseph 
Master Sgt. E-8 


H20 LT, 
DOT 


09-15-00 


1 


US Army Res. 
Ft. Leavenworth, 
Kansas 


Attend Active 
Duty Training 


Pampanin, Vincent 
Sgt. E-5 


H2FF 


10-01-00 thru 
10-08-00 
10-13-00 
10-14-00 


8 
2 


US Army Res. 
Fort Benning, GA 
US Army Res. 
Fort Benning, GA 


Attend Active 
Duty Training 
Attend Active 
Duty Training 


Varona, Wilfredo 
Tech. Sgt. 


H2FF 


09-17-00 
09-18-00 


2 


US Air Force Res. 
Travis AFB, CA 


Attend Active 
Duty Training 



E. Leaves of Absence 

Submitting requests for leaves of absence with pay for the following officers and members of 
the Department, for two days, October 5 and 6, 2000, in order to attend the 2000 Labor & 
Employment Symposium, Current Issues and Developments in Labor, Employment Law and 
Litigation in Monterey, California. Estimated cost is $1,000 each, and is included in the 
2000-01 training budget . They will not be replaced. 



Joseph Asaro 

Raymond Balzarini 

Gary Massetani 

Binnie Singh 

Debra Ward 

Evette Taylor-Monachino 

Alan Wong 



Deputy Chief, Administration 
Asst. Deputy Chief, Airport 
Asst. Deputy Chief, Div. of FP & I 
Human Resources Director 
Chief Financial Officer 
Asst. Manager, EEO Programs 
Manager, Fire Services Exam Unit 



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F. Leave of Absence 



Submitting request for leave of absence with pay for Firefighter Michael Walsh, Bureau of 
Equipment, for two days, September 13 and 14, 2000, in order to represent the Fire 
Department at the mid-inspection of the aerial ladder truck being constructed by American 
La France, Ladder Towers, Inc., in Ephrata, Pennsylvania. There is no cost to the City. 
Firefighter Walsh will not be replaced. 

G. Accidents 

Submitting reports and recommendations of the Accident Review Committee regarding the 
following accidents: 

Accident No. Accident Date Serial No. Category Recommendation 

Medic 41 99-0-269 4/20/00 . A File 

Drv: Fire/Res. PM Joaquin Villarreal 

Cause: Misjudged clearance (backing up) - Medic 41 backed into a parked vehicle on the 
sidewalk; no spotters were posted 

Truck 7 00-1-026 7/11/00 620 C File 

Off: Capt. Thomas Siragusa Drv: FF Thomas Gorman Tlr: FF Michael Campanali 

Cause: Misjudged clearance (tiller) - Trk 7, while attempting to change lanes, struck a 
civilian vehicle 



Truck 17 00-1-027 7/16/00 616 A File 

Off: Capt. Frank Morino Drv: FF/PM Anthony Taormina Tlr: FF Richard Siebert 

Cause: Misjudged clearance (driver/tiller) - While backing into quarters, Trk 17 struck a 
parked vehicle in the station 



Truck 15 00-1-028 8/1/00 622 B File 

Off: Lt. Richard Jonasson Drv: FF Edward Perricone Tlr: FF Nicholas Yuen 

Cause: Misjudged clearance - While backing up on a narrow street, rear end of Trk 15 
caught street pavement, damaging the diamond plate 



Engine 7 00-1-029 8/2/00 525 A File 

Off: T/Lt. Mike Wong Drv: FF James Carlin 

Cause: Misjudged clearance - Eng 7, responding with red lights and siren, swung to avoid 
two double parked utility trucks thereby scraping two parked vehicles 



Engine 32 00-1-030 8/4/00 584 A File 

Off: Lt. Stephen Green Drv: FF Richard Forde 

Cause: Misjudged clearance - Eng 32, while backing down to provide Eng 28 with a supply 
line, grazed Res 2's bumper; spotters were posted 



Engine 16 00-1-031 8/6/00 533 A File 

Off: Lt. Austin Dito Drv: PX Elmen Wu 

Cause: Misjudged clearance - While repositioning, Eng 16 struck dumpster in front of 
firehouse 

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Engine 28 00-1-032 8/8/00 597 A File 

Off Lt Jose Velo Drv: FF Michael Rice 

Cause Misjudged clearance - While preparing to back into station, Eng 28 struck the 

mirror of a parked van 



ResAmb38 00-1-033 8/14/00 708 B Bill 

Drv: FF Clyde Watarai 

Cause: ResAmb 38, while parked at an incident, was struck by a civilian vehicle 



EMS RC 1 00-1-034 8/16/00 916 B File 

Off T/PM Capt George Cerna 

Cause: Failure to yield - EMS RC 1. responding with red lights and siren and travelling 
through an intersection, was struck by a civilian vehicle that failed to yield 



Medic 7 00-1-035 8/18/00 734 A File 

Drv: FF/PM Nicholas Holl 

Cause: Misjudged clearance - While backing into quarters, right mirror of Medic 7 struck 
station wall; spotters were posted 



ResAmb 32 00-1-036 8/20/99 715 B Bill 

Drv: FF Daniel Tauber 

Cause: Open door - Driver of a parked civilian vehicle opened driver's side door into path of 
ResAmb 32 



EMSRC4 00-1-037 8/22/00 919 A File 

Off: PM Capt. Brett Powell 

Cause: Misjudged clearance - While attempting to park, EMS RC 4 struck a parked 
civilian vehicle 



Medic 15 00-1-038 8/23/00 738 B File 

Drv: FF/PM John Drake 

Cause: Hit and run - While Medic 15 was parked at UCSF to deliver a patient, the left wing 
mirror of Medic 1 5 was severely damaged 



Engine 34 00-1-039 8/23/00 593 A File 

Off: Lt. Michael Horan Drv: FF Richard Stark 

Cause: Misjudged clearance - While maneuvering on service road in Golden Gate Park, 
Eng 34 struck a tree 



Engine 13 00-1-040 8/23/00 524 A File 

Off: Lt. Richard Allen Drv: FF Emmon Lew 

Cause: Misjudged clearance - While backing into station and repositioning, Eng 13 struck 
guide pole; spotters were posted 

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Category A - An accident which has occurred because of inattention to vehicle operator's and/or officer's 
responsibilities or because of misjudgment of clearance in operating apparatus near stationary objects. 

Category B - An accident in which fire department personnel exercised reasonable judgment and precautions, 
exhibited good apparatus operator's and officer's skills and observed all state, local and fire department 
statutes, ordinances and rules. 

Category C - An accident which has occurred because of apparatus operator's misjudgment of clearance, 
deficiency in defensive driving techniques, or failure to anticipate other vehicle's movements. 

H. Unlitigated Claims 

Submitting report from City Attorney's Office on unlitigated claims for August 2000: 

Name of Claimant Claim Amount Filed/Paid Accident No. /Category /Unit Date of Accident 

Pamela Brown $3,531.12/3,331.12 99-0-007 (A) /Eng 6 07-05-99 

Carol Karimi 748.91/ 387.64 99-0-112 (B) /Eng 31 12-04-99 

21 st Century Ins. 6,103.04/5,603.04 99-0-127 (A) /Eng 32 12-21-99 

Marcial Perez 2,683.43/2,433.43 99-0-130 (C) /Trk 7 12-24-99 

Amy Medina 4,066.42/3,716.42 99-0-157 (A) /Trk 7 01-26-00 

PaulEmig 1,993.42/1,993.42 99-0-193 (A) /Trk 14 03-16-00 

Michael Bross 613.35/ 613.35 99-0-195 (A) /Eng 9 03-20-00 

Christopher Bidwell 701.98/ 701.98 99-0-204 (C) /NERT 03-03-00 

Times Direct Marketing 1,268.68/1,268.68 99-0-219 (C) /Eng 21 04-21-00 

Wait Motor Supply 600.00/ 600.00 Property Damage 07-09-00 



Commissioner Roeca moved and Commissioner del Portillo seconded. There were no 
questions or discussion and Items A through H on the Consent Calendar were approved or 
ordered filed as appropriate. 



4. REGULAR CALENDAR - NEW BUSINESS 

A. Letters of Commendation 

Submitted three letters commending members of the Department for response to requests 
for assistance, emergencies, or training. 

President Roff directed that these letters be acknowledged and incorporated in the minutes 
of today's meeting. 

B. Retirement Certificate 

Reporting Award of Honorable Service to the following member: 

Type of Retirement Years of Service Retirement Date 

Lieutenant Robert Cutone, BFP Service 29-1/2 Jul. 08, 2000 

Acting Chief of Department, Paul J. Tabacco, invited Lieutenant Robert Cutone, Bureau of 
Fire Prevention, to step forward and receive his Retirement Certificate. Chief Tabacco 
noted that he had the opportunity to work with Lieutenant Cutone over the years and he 
recalled that as a young firefighter he turned to Lieutenant Cutone many times with 
questions, and he always had time to explain matters and to help out. Chief Tabacco added 
that in 1997 Lieutenant Cutone had received a Class B Award for bravery. 



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Lieutenant Cutone acknowledged his 29- Vi years of service in the Fire Department and 
related that he felt fortunate to have started in the Department when many World War II 
veterans were still there. Even though they were ending their careers, he learned honor, 
diligence and teamwork from them and used them as his model, which he tried to share 
with the individuals he worked with. Lieutenant Cutone believed that professionalism 
was not a right, nor a gift, but was earned through education, training, experience and 
dedication. By accepting his Retirement Certificate before the Commission, he felt that 
he had brought closure to his career. Lieutenant Cutone was congratulated by the 
members of the Fire Commission on his years of dedication and service. 

C. Special Presentation 

Division of Training - Assistant Deputy Chief Joanne Hayes-White 

Assistant Deputy Chief (ADC) Joanne Hayes-White, Director of Training, stated that she 
was pleased to make this presentation on the activities and components of the Division 
of Training. ADC Hayes-White introduced key members of her staff: Captain Ken Farris, 
in charge of the H2 Recruit Academy; Captain Richard Kochevar, Special Projects, 
including Officer Candidate Program, Cadet Program and Project Manager for the 
Regional Training Facility at Treasure Island; and Lieutenant Jeffrey Wong, Technical 
Services Specialist. She also introduced Commander Sean Mooney, San Francisco Fire 
Reserves and from the EMS Division, two members who play a critical role in training, 
Section Chief Art Hsieh and Section Chief Jane Smith. ADC Hayes-White also wished to 
recognize Captain Russ Albano, in charge of the H3 Academy at Treasure Island, who 
could not be present since he was preparing for the graduation ceremony of 21 His, 
who had successfully completed their cross-training to H3s. The other member who 
could not be present was Captain Russ Edwards, in charge of in-service training, who 
had just retired this day after 36 years, and deserves considerable recognition for his 
service and dedication to the Fire Department. 

Chief Hayes-White believes that training is the foundation of any organization, and is of 
critical importance in the arena of emergency services. An aggressive and streamlined 
training program has numerous benefits, including a decline in injury and illness to its 
employees and the delivery of high quality services to the community it serves. She 
described the facilities used by the Division of Training, namely, the H2 Recruit Academy 
at 19 th and Folsom, Building 1216 at the Presidio for EMS training, and the Regional 
Training Center at Treasure Island for the H3 Academy and in-service training. Chief 
Hayes-White asked Section Chief Jane Smith, responsible for the EMS Academy, and 
Section Chief Art Hsieh, responsible for re-certification, to provide an overview. 

Chief Smith informed the Commission that the education and training of paramedics is 
mandated by federal laws. She explained that she was responsible for the primary 
training for firefighters, a 16-month program that consists of eight months of classroom 
training, three months of hospital training and 500 hours on an ambulance. The 
firefighters must pass a national licensing exam in order to hold a California license - 
only then can they be promoted from an H2 to an H3 position. 

Chief Hsieh explained that his responsibility was to ensure that any EMS education and 
training provided was up to date and that it conformed to all the latest mandates. He 
noted that recently EMS training has switched to a more hands-on type of training and it 
was found to be far more effective than the conventional classroom/lecture type. Chief 
Hsieh added that the new battalion-based training has also been very effective from an 
EMS perspective, which requires a great deal of mandatory training. So far, they were 

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able to train over a thousand students in 15 consecutive days - a greater number than 
anywhere else in the country. 

Chief Hayes-White wished to cover several items before concluding: the Officer 
Candidate Program, the Regional Training Facility at Treasure Island, the San Francisco 
Fire Reserves and Technical Services. 

In the Officer Candidate Program, the first item will be the H30 promotional process - 
from an H20 Lieutenant to an H30 Captain. The Department continues to work with Dr. 
James Outtz to develop and implement an assessment center and an exam process. 
The 32-hour program, which is voluntary, would provide an H20 Lieutenant with 
instruction materials to prepare for the exam process. The program consists of five 
separate modules: operations, training, station administration, human resources and 
inspection. The target date for implementation of the assessment center and the exam 
process is March 2001. 

The Regional Training Facility at Treasure Island had previously housed an U.S. Navy 
Firefighting School. Currently, the Department conducts battalion-based drills there and 
it holds the H3 Academy. There are multiple training areas that can be controlled by a 
direct site supervisor, or a control tower, via a computer-activated console. There is a 
vast array of computer sensors linked to the training props and to the software programs 
that can modify fire scenarios, including heat and smoke. It has excellent resources for 
laddering, high angle rescue, rappelling and other typical structural fire scenarios 
experienced in the city. Chief Hayes-White hoped she could develop a marketing plan 
for renting the facility to other entities and, thereby, generate revenues for the 
Department. 

Chief Hayes-White wished to recognize Commander Sean Mooney, who oversees the 
San Francisco Fire Reserves, and the excellent support provided by him and the Fire 
Reserves. Currently, there are 40 active members, who train and drill every Thursday, 
and who receive direction and guidance from an instructor at the Division of Training. 
The primary responsibility of the Fire reserves is to assist the Fire Department in the 
event of a fire or disaster that reaches the level of a third alarm or greater. The Fire 
Reserves are of great support at the fire scene where they load hose, bring tools and 
equipment to the command post and carry out other necessary tasks. Chief Hayes- 
White believes that many of them could be excellent candidates for the Recruit 
Academy. 

In closing, Chief Hayes-White wished to comment on Technical Services and introduce 
Lieutenant Jeff Wong. Under his guidance, the unit has grown and provides a myriad of 
services, including capture of video footage of second alarms or greater. The footage is 
used for training, post-fire analysis by incident commanders and basic orientation for 
members of the Bureau of Fire Prevention and Arson. Lieutenant Wong also assists by 
videotaping high-rise drills and training drills at the Recruit Academy. Recently, he has 
been involved in a tri-agency project with the San Francisco Police Department and the 
Mayor's Office of Emergency Services regarding disasters and emergency 
preparedness. 

Lieutenant Wong explained that this project also involved NERT, Community Services 
and the Public Information Officer. The product was a Public Service Announcement 
(PSA), showing an earthquake occurring and inquiring whether they had a plan for 
survival. The PSA advised them to start planning now and gave a telephone number - 
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where they can pick up informational material printed in multiple languages. In the near 
future, the disaster information hotline will branch to carry the message in English, 
Spanish and Cantonese. Lieutenant Wong played the PSA for the Commission and 
related that he is already planning a new PSA that informs and reminds the public of 
what to do when emergency vehicles need to get by. 

Commissioners had various questions and Chief Hayes-White and both Division of 
Training and Emergency Medical Services staff responded. 

D. Communications Received by Commission 

Two communications were received by the Commission September 8, 2000 through 
September 22, 2000. 

E. Public Comment 

Frank Kelly, Secretary, Local 798, wished to comment about EMS Section Chief Jane 
Smith's comment regarding support. He stated that Local 798 had always been in 
support of the ALS Engine concept. The disagreement with EMS has been over training 
and dynamic versus static ambulance deployment. This matter had been discussed with 
Chief Tabacco. Furthermore, Mr. Kelly noted that in their meeting with Chief Tabacco, 
the Officers' Candidate Program was discussed. He wished clarification regarding 
whether the 32 hours of classes, prior to taking the H30 captain's test, were to be 
voluntary or mandatory. 

John Cooper, Deputy City Attorney, wished to respond and clarify the meet and confer 
issue. He stated the City's public position in ending the Consent Decree was that the 
Officer Candidate program could not start without meeting and conferring with Local 798. 
Mr. Cooper made it clear that there would be an impact on members of Local 798, 
whatever the proposed schedule established by the Department. Prior to the schedule 
being imposed, the Department would have to meet with Local 798 over what needs to 
be bargained. 

Mr. Kelly referred to Chief Hayes-White statement regarding the voluntary 32 hours that 
he believed to be mandatory. Mr. Cooper responded that these were only proposals and 
needed to be agreed upon. 

Steve Lynch, Firefighter Paramedic, wished to point the critical shortage of ambulances 
and paramedics in the City. Additionally, the condition and age of the ambulances is 
deplorable. Mr. Lynch cited a number of cases where the shortage of ambulance has 
caused 15-20 minutes delay time for critical patients. Furthermore, even though EMS 
calls make up 75-80% of total call volume, a Band-Aid approach is being used to rectify 
the problems. Mr. Lynch noted that the frustration level is very high among firefighter/ 
paramedics. 

Commissioner Nakajo re-iterated his request to Acting Chief Tabacco concerning 
coordinated presentations from the various divisions and bureaus of the Department, 
such as Management Services, Airport, Support Services and Fire Prevention, 
concerning their activities and outstanding issues. 

Commissioner Roeca requested that the Secretary place a report by the Department 
regarding the Smoke Eaters' Gazette on the agenda for the October 12, 2000 meeting. 
He had just viewed the most recent issue and found it offensive. Commissioner Roeca 
wished the Department to make a presentation about what it has discovered about the 

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publication - its origin, its proponents, and its authors. He would also welcome 
comments from employee organizations. 

John Darmanin stated that Local 798 and members of the administration have gone on 
record opposing the publication. He noted that Commissioner Roeca had called it 
insubordinate, which implied that a member of the Fire Department was the author. Mr. 
Darmanin resented this implication since there was never any evidence that an active 
member of the Fire Department was the author. 

Commissioner Roeca responded that he was not suggesting that it was a member of the 
Department. He stated that it was the content that was insubordinate. 

Frank Kelly stated that representatives from Local 798 had spoken out several times 
against the Smoke Eaters' Gazette before the Commission. He personally threw it in the 
garbage and never read it. Mr. Kelly believed it to be offensive and, therefore, chose not 
to read it. He suggested that, perhaps, this could be an avenue to explore. 



F. Adjournment 

There being no further business to come before the Commission, the meeting was 
adjourned at 7:40 p.m. 



Tania Bauer 
Secretary 



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As Head of the Hong Kong Fire Services delegations, I am writing to 
express our most sincere thanks for granting us to visit one of your busiest fire 
stations on the 19 August. During the visit, we have been given most 
comprehensive explanations on the general operation of your Fire Department 
and also on the new communication system which has recently been installed 
in your Department. 

We found this visit was very useful and we have shared a lot of your 
working experience on the new communication system. As we are now 
planning for a new Command and Control System, the information you have 
given to us are very valuable. 

Once again, thank you very much for all your arrangements on our 
visit, particularly to Ms. Lorrie A. Kalos, Assistant Deputy Chief who had 
given us the most informative- explanation on your new Communication 
System. 



I look forward to seeing you in Hong Kong if you have any chance to 
drop by. 




(HSU King-ping) 
Deputy Director of Fire Services 



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FREMONT PROPERTIES 

Bradley M. Meyers 
Property Manager 



September 12, 2000 



Mayor Willie Brown 

1 Carlton B. Goodlett 

Room 200 

San Francisco, CA 94102-4689 

Dear Mayor Brown, 

At a time when many people are whining about what is wrong with the city, I would like to tell 
you about something that is very right. That would be the San Francisco Fire Department's 
Neighborhood Emergency Response Team (NERT) training program. As the Property Manager 
of the 50 Beale Street office building, I recently sponsored the program for my tenants, and I also 
participated in the program. 

I can not speak highly enough about the value of the program and the quality of the Fire 
Department personnel that gave of their time and energy in running the program. Given the 
limited resources at the city's disposal during a major seismic event or other disaster, I strongly 
urge you and the Board of Supervisors to support this valuable program. The more people that 
receive this training, the more lives are likely to be saved in a disaster. 

Obviously, programs like this one cost money. In my view whatever it takes to continue the 
NERT program is small compared to the assistance that this small army of individuals could 
provide in an emergency. 



Sincere! 




Brad Meyers 
Property Manager 



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cc: Board of Supervisors 
Fire Commission 
Chief Robert L. Demmons 



Fifty Beale Street San Francisco, CA 94105-1895 



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Assistant Chief Daniel Sullivan 

Fire Department, City of San Francisco 

698 Second Street 

San Francisco, CA 94107 

Dear Chief Sullivan, 

I would like to thank you for your help in getting access to the area behind 
the Treasure Island Firehouse for our work. The firehouse personnel were very kind, 
hospitable and patient. I understand that the drums of drilling mud which we generated have 
been removed, and I hope that the site has been restored to your satisfaction. Please extend 
my thanks also to Captain Hennigan and his staff. 

Sincerely, 

Pedro de Alba 

Professor 

Ph.(603)862-1417 

Fax (603) 862-2364 

Email: padealba@hypatia.unh.edu 




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' * DOCUMENTS DEPT, 

^ MINUTES OF THE FIRE COMMISSION , UN . ~ 2 n01 

Special Hearing, Friday, September 29, 2000 - 9:00 a.m. ] L 

j7 698 Second Street, Room 102 ■ San Francisco ■ California ■ 941 Gv , . _., 

*' PUBLIC LIBRARY 



Item 
No 

1. On ROLL CALL, the following were noted present: 

Commissioner Russell S. Roeca 

Note: Commissioner Roeca has been appointed by the Commission President to sit for the 
Hearing. 

APPEARANCES 

For San Francisco Fire Department For Chiefs Aide Horacio Candia 

Jill Andrews Sprague, Deputy City Attorney Lawrence D. Murray, Counsel 

Katharine Hobin, Deputy City Attorney Thomas F. Norman, Counsel 
Terence Howzell, Deputy City Attorney 

Also present: Also Present: 

Joseph Asaro, Deputy Chief, Administration Horacio Candia 

Tyrone Pruitt, President, San Francisco 
For San Francisco Fire Commission Black Firefighters Association 

Margaret Baumgartner, Deputy City Attorney 

2. PUBLIC COMMENT 

There was no public comment. 

3. FORMAL HEARING ON A FORMAL COMPLAINT FILED BY CHIEF OF DEPARTMENT 
AGAINST HORACIO CANDIA (Continued from Meetings of 5/25/00, 6/8/00, 7/13/00, 
9/13/00, 9/14/00 and 9/22/00) 

Formal hearing concerning the formal complaint filed by Robert L. Demmons, Chief of 
Department, against Chiefs Aide Horacio Candia, dated May 16, 2000, for violation of the 
Rules and Regulations as follows: 

Section 3912 - Intoxicants/Drugs 

Substance Policy - Employee Refusal for Drug Test 

Any refusal to be tested will be considered an admission to the use of an 
illegal/controlled substance and/or being under the influence or consuming 
alcohol on duty. Upon refusal the member will be immediately suspended or 
recommended for termination. 

This portion of the meeting may be held in Closed Session pursuant to Government Code 
Section 54957. 

1 . Chiefs Aide Horacio Candia requested a closed hearing. 

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2. There was no public comment pertaining to the closed hearing. The Commission 
went into closed session at 9:10 a.m. 

Witness examination and cross-examination ended. No further exhibits were entered 
into evidence. Mr. Murray and Ms. Sprague presented closing statements. 

3. The Commission reconvened in open session at 12:20 p.m. 

a. Commissioner Roeca did not disclose any action taken. 

b. Commissioner Roeca elected not disclose any discussion held during the closed 
session. 

Commissioner Roeca noted that upon receipt of the transcript and its submission to 
the Commission for review, the Secretary will schedule closing argument before the 
Commission. 

Note: The above represents a brief summary of events. Entire proceedings were 
recorded by court reporter. 

4. ADJOURNMENT 

There being no further business, the hearing was adjourned at 12:25 p.m. 



Tania Bauer 
Secretary 



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^MINUTES OF THE FIRE COMMISSION 

Special Meeting, Wednesday, pctober 4, 2000 - 1 1 :00 a.m. 
698 Second Street, Room 102 ■ San Francisco ■ California ■ 94107 

Item - 
No. 

1. On ROLL CALL, the following were noted present: DOCUMENT J DEI 

President Hadley R. Roff OCT 2 h 2CCD 

Vice President Stephen A. Nakajo 

Commissioner Russell S. Roeca SAN FRANCISCO 

Commissioner Pat Norman PUBLIC LIBRARY 

Commissioner del Portillo was absent due to business reasons. 

2. CLOSED SESSION (Continued from meetings of 7/27/00, 8/21/00, 8/24/00 and 
8/28/00 and 9/5/00). 

Pursuant to the Ralph M. Brown Act, Government Code Section 54947 and 54954.5, 
and the San Francisco Administrative Code Section 67.10(b), the Fire Commission 
will meet in closed session to consider nomination of candidates for appointment as 
Chief of Department to be transmitted to the Mayor. 

1 . Commissioner Roeca moved for closed session and Commissioner Norman seconded. 

2. There was no public comment. 

The Commission went into closed session at 1 1:05 a.m. 

3. The Commission reconvened in open session at 1:15 p.m. Commissioner Roeca moved 
and Commissioner Nakajo seconded not to disclose any action or discussion held in 
closed session. 

3. ADJOURNMENT 

There being no further business, the Special Meeting was adjourned at 1:20 p.m. 



Tania Bauer 
Commission Secretary 



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Hadley Roff, President 
Stephen Nakajo, Vice President 
Carlota del Portillo, Commissioner 
Pat Norman, Commissioner 
Russell Roeca, Commissioner 



FIRE COMMISSION 

City and County of San Francisco 




698 Second Street 
San Francisco CA 94107 
Telephone 415.558.3451 

Fax 415.558.3413 
Tanla Bauer, Secretary 



No. 00-35 



^JVIINUTES OF THE FIRE COMMISSION 

Regular Meeting - Thursday -^October 12, 2000 - 6:00 p.m. 

698 Second Street, Room 102 



Item 
No. 



1 . ON ROLL CALL, the following were noted present: 

President Hadley Roff 
Vice President Stephen A. Nakajo 
Commissioner Carlota del Portillo 
Commissioner Pat Norman 
Commissioner Russell S. Roeca 



Paul J. Tabacco 
Ray Balzarini 
Joseph C. Asaro 



- Acting Chief of Department 

- Deputy Chief, Operations (Acting) 

- Deputy Chief, Administration 



DOCUMENTS DEPT, 

OCT 2 h 2D03 

SAN FRANCISCO 
PUBLIC LIBRARY 



Assistant Deputy Chiefs - Staff : 

Khairul A. AN - Management Services 



Joanne Hayes-White 
Gary P. Massetani 

Chief Officers - Staff: 



- Division of Training 

- Fire Prevention 



Richard C. Shortall 
Marshal Isaacs, M.D. 



- Emergency Medical Services 

- Emergency Medical Services 

Chief Officers - Firefighting Services : 



George W. Maloney 
James R. Cavellini 
Lorrie A. Kalos 



Division 1 (Acting) 
Division 2 
Division 3 



2. APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES 

Regular Meeting of September 28, 2000. 

Commissioner Roeca moved and Commissioner Norman seconded, 
questions or discussion and the minutes were approved as presented. 



There were no 



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3. CONSENT CALENDAR 



All matters listed hereunder (Items A through F) constitute a Consent Calendar, were 
considered to be routine by the Fire Commission, and were acted upon by a single roll-call 
vote of the Commission. 

A. Monthly Reports 

Division of Training 

Submitting monthly report from Division of Training concerning activities performed during 
September 2000. 

Physician's Report 

Submitting biweekly report of Fire Department Physician concerning disability injuries, 
September 2 through September 15, 2000. 

B. Appointments 

Reporting the following PROVISIONAL appointment effective September 8, 2000: 
H30 Captain 

James J. Lee (vice: Thomas Ryan, retired) 

Reporting the following PERMANENT appointments effective September 17, 2000: 

H2 Firefighter 

Rebecca Atwater Jerry Shear 

Denise Bailey Joel Zemeno 

Bettrietta Dahlstrom Samuel Ho 

Nicolette Divecchio Allen Wong 

Ketty Fedigan Harry Yee 

Sarah Hamilton David Yi 

Cary Butcher III Katherine Alba 

John Dunn Antonio Rocha 

Mortimer Joyce Wilfredo Varona 

Brendan McGorrin Patricia Flood 

Steven Selck Mark Hardeman 

Patric Steele Thomas Murphy 

Andre Williams Robert McDonald 

Marc Lopez Jon M. Low 

Temporary Appointments 

Reporting having made 292 temporary appointments September 2 through September 15, 
2000. 

C. Military Leave 

Submitting for approval application from one member for Military Leave of Absence with pay, 
in order to comply with Military Orders received from his commanding officer: 

Name Rank Dates Days Military Organization Purpose 

Simon, Ramon H2 FF 10-14-00 thru 2 US Army Res. Attend Active 

Sgt. E-5 10-15-00 Oakland Army Duty Training 

Base, CA 

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11-17-00 thru 


3 


US Army Res. 


Attend Active 


11-19-00 




Oakland Army 
Base, CA 


Duty Training 



D. Resignation 

Submitting resignation of Probationary H3 Firefighter/Paramedic Jeffrey Hickman, effective 
close of business September 23, 2000. (Resigned with satisfactory services. Started work 
01-10-00.) 

E. Leave of Absence 

Submitting request for leave of absence with pay for Assistant Deputy Chief Joanne Hayes- 
White, Director of Training, for five days, November 4 through 8, 2000, in order to attend the 
National Training Resources and Data Exchange (TRADE) Conference at the National Fire 
Academy in Emmitsburg, Maryland. Transportation and lodging will be paid by the National 
Fire Academy. Assistant Deputy Chief Hayes-White will not be replaced. 

F. Accidents 

Submitting reports and recommendations of the Accident Review Committee regarding the 
following accidents: 

Accident No. Accident Date Serial No. Category Recommendation 

Engine 1 00-1-041 8/24/00 513 C File 

Off: Lt. Patrick Gardner Drv: FF Derek Oleary 

Cause: Misjudged clearance - Eng 1, responding with red lights and siren, struck the left 
front fender of a civilian vehicle during lane change 



Truck 12 00-1-042 8/24/00 605 B File 

Off: Lt. Richard Ames Drv: FF Stephen Young Tlr: FF Anthony Zuniga 

Cause: While backing into quarters, Trk 12's tiller door became entangled with the exhaust 
extractor hose; the tiller door was knocked off track 



Engine 16 00-1-043 8/24/00 533 A File 

Off: Capt. Raymond Guzman Drv: FF Michael Cotton 

Cause: Misjudged clearance - Eng 16, responding at Gas House Cove, grazed a stanchion 
due to poorly lit area 



Engine 3 00-1-044 8/25/00 530 B File 

Off: Lt. Bryan Rubenstein Drv: FF Timothy Sullivan 

Cause: Failure to yield by civilian vehicle - Eng 3, while responding with red lights and 

siren, took evasive action when crossing an intersection resulting in Eng 3 striking 

another civilian vehicle 

Truck 13 00-1-045 8/28/00 621 A File 

Off: Lt. Dennis Sutter Drv: FF Gregory Savin Tlr: FF Teresa Juergens 

Cause: Misjudged clearance - Trk 13, while backing into quarters, struck station pillar 
breaking marker light; spotters were posted 



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Engine 1 00-1-046 8/29/00 513 C File 

Off: Lt. Zachary Pumphrey Drv: FF Richard Stevens 

Cause: Misjudged clearance - Eng 1 was responding with red lights and siren and, while 
crossing an intersection, struck a civilian vehicle 



Medic 5 00-1-047 8/31/00 737 B File 

Drv: FF/PM Jonathan Baxter 

Cause: Medic 5, while responding to an incident, was sideswiped by a pick up truck 



DOT Van 00-1-048 9/1/00 B Bill 

Off: Lt. Rudolph Castellanos 

Cause: DOT van was struck by a bicyclist who did not stop for a stop sign and left the 
scene 



Battalion 9 00-1-049 9/1/00 207 C File 

Off: B/C Alfred Quartaroli Drv: C/A David Johnson 

Cause: Batt 9 was responding to an emergency, slowed down before crossing an 
Intersection, and was struck by a civilian vehicle 



Service Squad 1 00-1-050 9/2/00 890 C File 

Drv: FF Paul Kurpinsky 

Cause: Misjudged clearance - While pulling away from Station 2, SS 1 made contact with 
a civilian vehicle 



Medic 36 00-1-051 9/2/00 733 A File 

Drv: FF/PM Frederick Binkley 

Cause: Misjudged clearance - Medic 36, while responding, struck an illegally parked 
motorcycle 



Rescue 1 00-1-052 9/4/00 586 B Bill 

Off: Lt. Frederick Walsh Drv: FF Frank Cuffe 

Cause: Open door - While Res 1 was returning to quarters, the driver of a stopped civilian 
vehicle opened driver's side door into path of Res 1 



AWSS 00-1-053 9/6/00 930 B Bill 

Drv: U/Plumber Mike Hara 

Cause: AWSS vehicle was struck by a civilian vehicle that was backing up 



Battalion 1 00-1-054 9/6/00 912 B Bill 

Off: B/C Gary Leal Drv: C/A Michael Kneis 

Cause: Batt 1 was responding with red lights and siren, stopped before crossing an 
intersection, and was struck by a civilian vehicle 

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Medic 92 00-1-055 9/6/00 720 B Bill 

Drv FRP Johnathan Frank 

Cause Medic 92, responding with red lights and siren, was struck by a civilian vehicle in 

the intersection 



Engine 36 00-1-056 9/7/00 514 B File 

Off Lt Donald Frediani Drv: FF William Linney 

Cause: Evasive action - Eng 36 struck a parked civilian vehicle in order to avoid a head on 
collision 

Category A - An accident which has occurred because of inattention to vehicle operator's and/or officer's 
responsibilities or because of misjudgment of clearance in operating apparatus near stationary objects. 

Category B - An accident in which fire department personnel exercised reasonable judgment and precautions, 
exhibited good apparatus operator's and officer's skills and observed all state, local and fire department 
statutes, ordinances and rules. 

Category C - An accident which has occuned because of apparatus operator's misjudgment of clearance, 
deficiency in defensive driving techniques, or failure to anticipate other vehicle's movements. 

Commissioner Roeca moved and Commissioner del Portillo seconded. There were no 
questions or discussion and Items A through F on the Consent Calendar were approved or 
ordered filed as appropriate. 



4. REGULAR CALENDAR -NEW BUSINESS 

A. Letters of Commendation 

Submitted six letters commending members of the Department for response to requests for 
assistance, emergencies, or training. 

President Roff directed that these letters be acknowledged and incorporated in the minutes 
of today's meeting. 

B. Chief of Department's Monthly Report 

Submitted monthly report from Chief of Department on monthly status of department 
personnel, equipment and apparatus for September 2000. 

Vice President Nakajo moved and Commissioner Roeca seconded. 

President Roff wished to briefly report on the search for Chief of Department since it has 
been a matter of speculation. He wished to reassure everyone that the Acting Chief has full 
authority to manage the Department, and the responsibilities, initiative and leadership 
expected of him are no less than of anyone else who has headed the department. The 
Acting Chief has the full confidence of the Commission, which acknowledged that the 
department would be well and effectively managed while the search goes on. 

President Roff explained that, at the Mayor's request, the search would be thorough and 
national in scope and result in the Commission recommending the names of three 
candidates to him. The Mayor has requested other large city departments, including MUNI, 
Recreation and Parks, Public Library and PUC, to undergo a similar search process. This 
process is not intended to exclude members of this department from becoming candidates. 
The national search will produce the widest possible pool of candidates and ensure that the 

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three finalists are the best qualified for the demanding challenges of this department and 
this city. Therefore, to ensure that the search covers all possible venues and is fair and 
professional, a national executive recruiting firm will be selected. The Commission is hopeful 
of having a contract with such a firm for approval at the next Commission meeting. 

There were no further questions or discussion and the monthly report of Chief of 
Department was approved. 

C. Meritorious Awards 

Submitted for approval recommendations of Merit Advisory Board and Chief of Department 
for meritorious actions performed by Officers and Members of the Department, and Civilians, 
from May 2000 through July 2000, and for July 17, 1999: 

a. Uniformed Members 



Recipient 


Rank 


Company 


Date 


Award 


Jon J. Del Bino 


Lieutenant 


Engine 3 


05-06-00 


Ltr. of Com. 


Mark W. Sikora 


Firefighter 


Engine 3 


05-06-00 


Ltr. of Com. 


Kenneth D. Smith 


Firefighter 


Engine 3 


05-06-00 


Ltr. of Com. 


Patrick B. Higgins 


Firefighter 


Engine 3 


05-06-00 


Ltr. of Com. 


James R. Castro 


Firefighter 


Engine 3 


05-06-00 


Ltr. of Com. 


Anthony P. Soule 


T/Captain 


Truck 3 


05-06-00 


Ltr. of Com. 


Jeffrey J. Malone 


Firefighter 


Truck 3 


05-06-00 


Ltr. of Com. 


Kevin R. Kelly 


Firefighter 


Truck 3 


05-06-00 


Ltr. of Com. 


Joe K. Lui 


Firefighter 


Truck 3 


05-06-00 


Ltr. of Com. 


Eric F. Sadler 


Firefighter 


Truck 3 


05-06-00 


Ltr. of Com. 


David C. Ritter 


T/Lieutenant 


Rescue 1 


05-06-00 


Ltr. of Com. 


Jay Cleland 


Firefighter 


Rescue 1 


05-06-00 


Ltr. of Com. 


Frank Cuffe 


Firefighter 


Rescue 1 


05-06-00 


Ltr. of Com. 


Frank Puccetti 


Firefighter 


Rescue 1 


05-06-00 


Ltr. of Com. 


James P. Harrington 


Battalion Chief 


Battalion 4 


05-06-00 


Ltr. of Com. 


Alison K. Greene 


Chiefs Aide 


Battalion 4 


05-06-00 


Ltr. of Com. 


Paul D. Mangiola 


FF/PM 


Medic 3 


05-06-00 


Ltr. of Com. 


James H. Green 


Fire/Rescue PM 


Medic 3 


05-06-00 


Ltr. of Com. 


Hansjuerg Enz 


Fire/Rescue PM 


Medic 5 


05-06-00 


Ltr. of Com. 


Robert A. Toutjian 


FF/PM 


Medic 5 


05-06-00 


Ltr. of Com. 


Christopher Madsen 


FF/PM 


Medic 41 


05-06-00 


Ltr. of Com. 


Kirt E. Thomason 


Fire/Rescue PM 


Medic 41 


05-06-00 


Ltr. of Com. 


Kevin Chocker 


T/PM Captain 


EMS RC 1 


05-06-00 


Ltr. of Com. 


David C. Ritter 


Firefighter 


Rescue 1 


06-13-00 


Ltr. of Com. 


Steven N. Farac 


Firefighter 


Truck 14 


06-13-00 


Ltr. of Com. 


Alson Lee 


Battalion Chief 


Battalion 1 


07-04-00 


Ltr. of Com. 


Charles Kwong 


Firefighter 


Truck 9 


07-04-00 


Ltr. of Com. 


Anthony R. Smerdel 


Lieutenant 


Rescue 2 


07-17-99 


Class C 


b. Civilians 










Wayne Fennell 






06-01-00 


Cert, of Com. 


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Page 7 of 11 

Commissioner Roeca moved and Commissioner del Portillo seconded. There were no 
questions or discussion and the meritorious awards were approved on recommendation of 
Merit Advisory Board and Chief of Department. 

D. Meritorious Awards 

Presented awards from the United States Lifeguard Association to the following members 
for assisting with a surf rescue while off duty: 

Firefighter Frank Hsieh 
Firefighter Steve Miller 

Battalion Chief Paul Chin thanked the Commission for the opportunity to make this 
presentation on the behalf of the United States Lifeguard Association. He explained that this 
is the body that governs the Departments water rescue program, a program recognized 
nationwide. He added that the Fire Department is one of the first to be recognized by the 
association as a water rescue entity. 

Battalion Chief Chin read a letter of commendation received from the association wherein 
they commend Firefighter Frank Hsieh for the actions he took which resulted in the saving of 
three lives at Ocean Beach. Two exhausted victims were towed to safety but a third was 
missing until Firefighter Hsieh spotted him, floating face down, swam out and towed him 
ashore. CPR was administered by Firefighter Hsieh and two Park Rangers until paramedics 
came and transported the victim to UC Hospital, continually administering CPR and 
advanced life support. The victim eventually regained a pulse and is expected to make a full 
recovery. The commendation cites Firefighter Hsieh for outstanding courage and 
professionalism and Battalion Chief Chin congratulated him for a job well done. 

President Roff recognized former Supervisor Tom Hsieh and Mrs. Hsieh, who attended the 
Commission meeting to make a presentation from Mayor Brown. The Mayor wished to 
commemorate this particular action by Firefighter Hsieh, who happened to be off-duty at the 
time of the incident. Supervisor Hsieh noted that since serving on the Board of Supervisors 
and on the Police Commission, he had always had the highest regard for the uniformed 
personnel of the city. He read the proclamation wherein the Mayor lauded Firefighter Hsieh 
for his actions and proclaimed October 12, 2000, to be Frank Hsieh day in San Francisco. 

In addition, Sara Procacci, Legislative Analyst for Supervisor Michael Yaki, wished to offer a 
resolution from Supervisor Yaki and the Board of Supervisors commending Frank Hsieh for 
his bravery. The Board wished to offer the resolution also as a testament to the Hsieh family 
for their commitment to public service. She congratulated Firefighter Hsieh and his family for 
their service. Ms. Procacci also presented a Certificate of Honor to Firefighter Steve Miller, 
who was not present to accept it. 

E. Fire Commission Resolution 

Submitted for adoption Resolution No. 00-3 establishing cash awards for Class C medal 
recipients (attached). 

Commissioner Roeca moved and Commissioner del Portillo seconded. There were no 
questions or discussion and Resolution No. 00-3 was adopted on recommendation of Chief 
of Department. 



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F. Special Presentation 

Division of Management Services - Assistant Deputy Chief Khairul Ali 

Assistant Deputy Chief Khairul Ali presented an overview of the six sections that 
comprise the Management Services Division, which significantly contributes to the 
various functions that ensure a smoothly running San Francisco Fire Department. Chief 
Ali stated that the mission of her division was to (1) disperse maintain adequate staffing; 
(2) develop, implement, maintain policies and procedures to ensure a workplace free of 
discrimination and harassment; (3) develop relationships with the community through 
public education and mentoring programs; and (4) develop multi-functional leaders and 
teams, cross-trained in basic emergency skills, so that citizens are able to be self 
sufficient or serve as an adjunct to the City's emergency services in a major disaster. 

Chief Ali stated that in order to achieve the above goals, there were six sections that she 
oversaw. The Investigative Services Bureau (ISB), headed by Captain Mark Donnelly, 
investigates internal affair complaints; ensures that Department personnel maintain valid 
driver's licenses; prepares reports and supplies testimony before the Civil Service 
Commission and the Fire Commission regarding investigations; maintains the 
rehabilitative drug and alcohol program; gathers background information on potential 
Department employees; serve as liaison with the City Attorney, the District Attorney and 
local police agencies; and works closely with the Fire Exam Unit and the Department 
Physician's Office. 

The Bureau of Assignments, headed by Battalion Chief John Murphy, is responsible for 
the daily staffing of the Department. Assignments monitors, tracks and schedules 
personnel in order for the Department to maintain adequate levels of staffing. Currently, 
Assignments communicates with the Department through an antiquated Wang system 
but it is in the process of being upgraded with PeopleSoft software, which will improve 
the efficiency of day-today operations. In the near future, the uniformed staff in 
Assignments will be replaced by civilian personnel to reduce budgetary constraints. 

Community Affairs, headed by Lieutenant Fernando Juarez, is responsible for educating 
the public by providing floor warden training to adults, presentations to children, and by 
attending health and safety fairs. Community Affairs also works in concert with the 
Chiefs Office by detailing apparatus to community events. The work of Community 
Affairs is one of the reasons that the Fire Department has such a great presence and 
such good community relations throughout the city. Additionally, Community Affairs 
responds to written and telephone requests for a Fire Department presence at nonprofit 
events. They are also responsible for educating and training the community in fire 
prevention and safety, as well as, arranging meetings for visiting dignitaries. Chief Ali 
invited Lieutenant Juarez to explain in more detail some of his activities and answer 
questions from the Commission. 

Mail and Reproduction, staffed by Lieutenant Jonathan Low, is responsible for printing 
and distributing vital information throughout the Department, including manuals, General 
Orders and Commission minutes. Mail and Reproduction is also responsible for ordering 
and distributing the Department's office supplies and for pickup and delivery of inter- 
office mail. Lieutenant Low explained how new technology, namely, two digitally 
networked Xerox copiers/printers, will provide greater convenience and faster 
turnaround at Headquarters since print requests can originate at a requestor's desk PC. 
Another item that will streamline supply ordering, is the switch to Corporate Express as 
the vendor of choice for office supplies. It will be possible to order supplies on line and 
they will be delivered directly to the firehouses instead of Headquarters. 

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Chief Ali noted that Records, staffed by Anna del Cid, is responsible for filing and 
maintenance of non-fire incident reports, in addition to providing statistical data for new 
fires The Department's records over three years old are retained on microfiche at Alpha 
Micro Graphics. 

Chief Ali pointed out that the Toy Program is organized by Local 798, staffed by off-duty 
firefighters and volunteers, and has been headed by John Volker for the past eleven 
years. The Toy Program collects toys, or the money to buy toys, from citizens, 
corporations and small business, and distributes them to less fortunate children during 
the Christmas season, including AIDS wards and women's shelters throughout the city. 

Chief Ali explained that FLAME, headed by Roger Bross, is a program similar to the 
Police Athletic League that provides quality basketball and baseball programs for 
thousands of boys and girls ages 6 through 19. The program is made possible by the 
generous donations of time and money by both active and retired firefighters. 

Chief Ali introduced Lieutenant Patricia Yuen, who heads NERT (Neighborhood 
Emergency Response Team), and requested her to provide an overview for the 
Commission. Lieutenant Yuen stated that the department's NERT instructors are all San 
Francisco firefighters. They train the community, the public and many businesses, such 
as Charles Schwab and Macy's, in addition to nonprofit agencies and City departments, 
such as the mandatory training for certain Department of Public Works employees. 
Throughout the year, the Fire Department does 26 training sessions, each consisting of 
six classes. Over 10,000 people have been trained by NERT and they are the best 
public relations asset any organization can wish for. These people tell other people and 
also write to the Chief of Department stating how the training will make them less 
panicky in a disaster. She pointed out that in the Youth program held recently at 
Moscone Center, Cantonese students were trained in Cantonese since they did not 
speak English. The NERT program reflects the diversity of the Department since classes 
are taught in Cantonese, Spanish and even Russian-speaking instructors are available. 

NERT has been successful in establishing concrete partnerships or working 
relationships with such organizations as the Red Cross, the Salvation Army, who 
provided lunch for one of the events, the Mayor's Office of Emergency Services and 
other nonprofit organizations. Lieutenant Yuen firmly believes that in a disaster, when 
the Fire Department and the Police Department will be overwhelmed, NERT volunteers 
will provide the much-needed help for their city and their community. 

Lieutenant Yuen thanked the many individuals throughout the Department who have 
contributed in some way towards the success of the program since without their 
assistance success would be more difficult. 

Please note: A copy of the Management Services presentation may be requested from the Commission 
Secretary. 

G. Report on Smoke Eaters Gazette by Acting Chief of Department Paul J. Tabacco 

Acting Chief Paul Tabacco provided some background information on the publication 
and an update on the current status. He stated that the publication started appearing in 
1998 in firehouses and other Department facilities. It was brought to the attention of 
Chief Demmons who initiated an internal investigation that did not yield any substantive 
results. Eventually, the police investigative unit became involved but also without 



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success of tracking down the authors. The Commission also held a hearing at which the 
local unions and other employee groups declaimed the publication. 

Furthermore, since January of this year, the publication is appearing quarterly and not 
monthly as before. The publication has a disclaimer stating that it is an unofficial 
publication that is concerned with the deterioration of the San Francisco Fire Department 
caused by the use of race and gender as criteria for promotion. Chief Tabacco believes 
that this disclaimer is its basic premise for existence and it is also why it has been so 
soundly denounced both by the Commission and by the employee organizations. 

Chief Tabacco related that he had spoken to the Police Department's investigative unit a 
number of times but they have been unable to discover anything. They will collect any 
future copies of the Smoke Eaters Gazette to see if they can get a lead on its authors 
and the case remains open. 

President Roff noted that it was a renegade publication that did a great disservice to the 
Department. It provided fodder to those who are critical of the Department and wish to 
tear it down and undermines all the great work that the department is accomplishing. 

Commissioner del Portillo considered that writing something anonymously, whether on 
sexism or racism, was an extremely cowardly way of handling an issue, especially when 
the privilege is extended of open discussion. She considered that the manner, in which it 
is being handled, that is, anonymously, is almost worse than the content of this particular 
publication. 

H. Communications Received by Commission 

Two communications were received by the Commission September 22 2000 through 
October 5, 2000. 

I. Public Comment 

Mark Hayes, member, Board of Directors, Local 798, agreed with Commissioner del 
Portillo that it was a cowardly way to express one's views, hiding behind an anonymous 
newsletter. He wished to reassure the Commission that Local 798 has nothing 
whatsoever to do with the Smoke Eaters Gazette, has denounced it in the past and still 
denounces it. 

Mr. Hayes complimented Management Services on their excellent presentation but 
wished to go on record that Local 7988 will stand against civilians replacing uniformed 
personnel in the Bureau of Assignments. He explained, for the benefit of the 
Commission, that the Assignments Office maintains the staffing of Engines, Truck 
companies, battalions, and ambulances, insuring that the Department is fully staffed 
each day. Mr. Hayes believes that it is a difficult job, being carried out well by current the 
uniformed members in the Assignments Office, and that it would be a grave mistake to 
change to civilian personnel. 

John Darmanin stated that no credence should be given to the Smoke Eaters Gazette 
either by the Commission or by any member of the Department. He believes that by 
continuing to bring it up at Commission meetings generates publicity for the publication. 
He hoped the Commission would not bring it up until the authors have been found, and 
just put it to rest as the rank and file have done. Mr. Darmanin also requested that the 
search for Chief of Department be expedited, even though he was aware that the 
extended search is at the request of the Mayor. He believes that the Department has a 



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competent Chief in Paul Tabacco, with excellent qualifications, but being Acting is 
difficult for everyone. Mr. Darmanin urged for a quicker and more expedient process. 

Tyrone Pruitt, President, San Francisco Black Firefighters Association, expressed his 
appreciation of the Management Services presentation and wished to address the issue 
of the Smoke Eaters Gazette. He suggested that the Chief of Department and the 
Commission issue some specific instruction to the members of the Department on the 
actions to take when the Smoke Eaters Gazette surfaces in the firehouses. Mr. Pruitt 
believes that it should be treated like any other offensive or harassing item that creates a 
hostile environment. 

Mr. Pruitt expressed his concern regarding the hiring of Afro-American women for the 
Department. Currently, none of the 107 recruits are Afro-American women. He had 
discussed this matter with Chief Tabacco. Mr. Pruitt hoped that something could be done 
to bring Afro-American women into the Fire Service, and as soon as possible onto the 
new list. 

Chief Tabacco responded that he has been working with Mr. Pruitt to solve these 
problems. Chief Tabacco requested Binnie Singh, Director, SFFD Human Resources, to 
respond to the exact numbers but he believed that there would be some African- 
American women coming into the next class. Ms. Singh stated that the remaining cadet 
list is very diverse in terms of women and minorities. She further explained that the 
Department has had to put its efforts into hiring H3 Paramedics due to the need in the 
field but that the next two classes will have minorities and women. 

Commissioner Roeca did not agree with concept of ignoring the Smoke Eaters Gazette 
and by not giving it recognition hoping that it may go away. Even though the authors 
were invited to come and speak before the Commission, they did not appear for the 
reason well stated by Commissioner del Portillo. Even though the authors of the 
publication are cowardly in their behavior, the Commission will not ignore the publication 
as if it did not exist. The Commission will remain vigilant and persist in its efforts to 
discover the authors and rout the publication from the firehouses. 

Commissioner Nakajo wished to comment regarding civilians working in the 
Assignments Office. He believed if personnel is well trained and experienced, it matters 
little whether civilian or uniformed personnel is used in the Assignment Office and in 
Communications. Commissioner Nakajo noted that there is a great need for firefighters 
in the field, Suppression or EMS, in order to reduce Department overtime. 

President Roff adjourned the meeting in memory of Firefighter John Williams who served 
in the Department for 30 years. He retired on August 22, 1973, as a Chiefs Operator. 

J. Adjournment 

There being no further business to come before the Commission, the meeting was 
adjourned at 7:40 p.m., out of respect to the memory of Chiefs Aide John Williams. 



Tania Bauer 
Secretary 



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FIRE COMMISSION 

City and County of San Francisco 



Hadley Roff, President /^f^iX 698 Second Street 

Stephen Nakajo, Vice President gf&%W*?m San Francisco CA 94107 

Carlota del Portillo, Commissioner WfflSmjffl] Telephone 415.558.3451 

Pat Norman, Commissioner ^^^^P^ Fax 415.558.3413 

Russell Roeca, Commissioner ^2^" Tania Bauer, Secretary 



SAN FRANCISCO FIRE COMMISSION 
RESOLUTION 00 - 3 



WHEREAS, the following members of the San Francisco Fire Department have been 
commended for outstanding bravery in the performance of fire duty, voluntarily and with 
full knowledge of the danger involved, as recommended by the Merit Advisory Board and 
under the provisions of General Order 97-A-89; and 

WHEREAS, Acting Chief of Department Paul J. Tabacco recommended to the Fire 
Commission that said members be rewarded under the provisions of Section A8.405 
(c)(4) of the Charter of the City and County of San Francisco; 

WHEREAS, the Fire Commission thanks the members of the Fire Department for their 
actions on behalf of the citizens of San Francisco and commends them for their attention 
to duty; now, therefore be it 

RESOLVED, that Captain Gerald Shannon, Lieutenant Anthony Smerdel, Paramedic 
John Grimaldi and Firefighters Sabine Balden, Robert Guldbech, Anthony Yee, Britton 
Smith, Jerry Chiang and Petra Johnson are hereby awarded Class C medals and 
granted a reward of $100 each, as provided for under said Section of the Charter. 

Adopted at the regular meeting of the San Francisco Fire Commission on October 12, 
2000. 



Ayes: Roff, Nakajo, Roeca, Norman and del Portillo 
Nays: None 




Tania Bauer, Commission Secretary 



robert j. u donnell 
Fire Chief 



Management Team 

Don R. Ciucci 
David Dewey 
Steve Hawthorne 
Bob Padredoii 
John Powell 
James C. Rowlands 




DALY CITY FIRE DEPARTMENT 

10 WEMBLEY DRIVE 
DALY CITY, CALIFORNIA 94015-4314 



Phone (650) 991-8138 
Fax (650) 991-8090 



Acting Fire Chief Tabacco 
San Francisco Fire Department 
698 Second Street 
San Francisco, Ca 

September 26, 2000 



Dear Chief, 

On Thursday September 21, 2000 at 1816 hours we had a structure fire which originated 
at 29 Peoria Street and had extended to 35 Peoria Street. The Greater Alarm Plan was 
activated for a 2 nd , 3 rd and ultimately a 4 th alarm to extinguish and overhaul this fire. The 
hard work by Engines 33 and 43 on the initial alarm allowed us to confine the fire to the 
original structures. 

I would like to express my thanks and appreciation to you, your Chief Officers and the 
Engine companies that were involved in fighting this fire. 



Sincerely 




Battalion Chief Bob Padreddii 
Incident Commander 



EDWARD J. FLYN N II 



09/19/00 



Chief Paul Tobacco 

Chief of Department 

San Francisco Fire Department 

698 2 nd Street 

San Francisco, CA 94107 



Dear Chief Tobacco, 



I was a minor participant in witnessing and helping in a very serious auto accident that happened by Port 
Sonoma last Friday. There was a rollover of a pick-up truck and I was pulling over to help and one of your 
employees was the first person on the scene. He immediately told me to keep dialing 911 (I kept getting the 
Spanish translation) and he took over - pulled the driver out of the upside-down truck, checked him out, 
calmed him down, kept everyone away from the dripping gas, went into the cab of the car to get the man's 
personal belongings, and generally kept everything under control until the highway patrol showed up. He really 
was very professional and in my humble opinion an excellent representative of your Department His name is 
Barry Hirsch and he said he was in Division Three and a paramedic. That's about all I know about him - but if 
all of your people are trained and react like he did - you are doing a fantastic job. 

Sincerely, 




Edward J. Flynn II 



3000 BRIDGEWAY # 205 • SAUSALITO CA • 94965 
PHONE: 415-289-0250 • FAX: 415-289-0253 



Cheryl Parrott 

Secretary 

Westwood Park Homeowner's Association 

720 Miramar Avenue 

San Francisco, C A 941 12 

415-586-0166 



September 25, 2000 



Paul J. Tabacco 

Acting Chief 

San Francisco Fire Department 

698 Second Street 

San Francisco, CA 94107 

Dear Chief Tabacco: 

WOW! 

THANK YOU! 

Thank you for allowing the Fire Department to attend Westwood Park's Annual Meeting 
on Saturday. Everyone was thrilled with Battalion Chief Carlomagno's presentation and 
Station 15's truck. The firefighters were so friendly and warmly welcomed the children 
to explore the truck. I must say your firefighters stole the "show". 

We appreciate your hard work in making our community a safe place to live. 

Again, our warmest thank you for your participation. 

Chefyl Parrott 
Secretary 



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.FIRE COMMISSION 

City and County of £an Francisco 



Hadley Roff, President 
Stephen Nakajo, Vice President 
Carlota del Portillo, Commissioner 
Pat Norman, Commissioner 
Russell Roeca, Commissioner 

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698 Second Street 

San Francisco CA 94107 

Telephone 415.558.3451 

Fax 415.558.3413 

Tania Bauer, Secretary 



No. 00-37 



MINUTES OF THE FIRE COMMISSION 
Regular Meeting - Thursday - October 26, 2000 - 6:00 p.m. 



698 Second Street, Room 102 



Item 
No. 



ON ROLL CALL, the following were noted present: 

President Hadley Roff 
Vice President Stephen A. Nakajo 
Commissioner Pat Norman 
Commissioner Russell S. Roeca 

Commissioner Carlota del Portillo was excused because of family emergency. 



Paul J. Tabacco 
Ray Balzarini 
Joseph C. Asaro 



Acting Chief of Department 
Deputy Chief, Operations (Acting) 
Deputy Chief, Administration 



Assistant Deputy Chiefs - Staff : 

Joanne Hayes-White 
Daniel A. Sullivan 
Gary P. Massetani 

Chief Officers - Staff: 



- Division of Training 

- Support Services 

- Fire Prevention 



Richard C. Shortall 
Marshal Isaacs, M.D. 



Emergency Medical Services 
Emergency Medical Services 



DOCUMENTS DEPT. 

NOV - S 2000 

SAN FRANCISCO 
PUBLIC LIBRARY 



Chief Officers - Firefighting Services : 

Johnny R. Lo - Division 1 

Richard D. Bracco - Division 2 (Acting) 

Aaron C. Stevenson - Division 3 

2. APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES 

Regular Meeting of October 12, 2000, and Special Meeting of October 4, 2000. 

Commissioner Roeca moved and Vice President Nakajo seconded. There were no 
questions or discussion and the minutes were approved as presented. 



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Page 2 of 5 



3. CONSENT CALENDAR 



All matters listed hereunder (Items A through G) constitute a Consent Calendar, were 
considered to be routine by the Fire Commission, and were acted upon by a single roll-call 
vote of the Commission. 

A. Monthly Reports 

Division of Management Services 

Submitting monthly report from Division of Management Services concerning activities 
performed during September 2000. 

B. Appointments 

Reporting the following PROBATIONARY appointments effective October 2, 2000: 

H3 Firefighter/Paramedic 

Michael J. Ahern (vice: Attrition Savings) 
James F. MacDonell (vice: Attrition Savings) 

Reporting the following PERMANENT EXEMPT appointment effective October 2, 2000: 
1649 Accountant Intern 

Elizabeth Salazar (vice: TX'd from 1652 Senior Accountant) 
(Note : Employee is physically located at Controller's office, but on SFFD payroll) 

Temporary Appointments 

Reporting having made 254 temporary appointments September 16 through September 29, 
2000. 

C. Retirements 

Communications received from Retirement Board indicating the following members have 
retired: 

Name Rank Type Retirement Date 

Dunn, Franklin H. H40 Battalion Chief Service Sep. 30, 2000 

Edwards, James R. H39 Capt., Div. of Training Service Sep. 30, 2000 

Castro, James R. H2 Firefighter Service Sep. 16, 2000 

(Retirement Certificates will be presented at a Fire Commission meeting in November) 

D. Suspension 

Reporting suspension of H1 Fire Rescue Paramedic Martha Cody, Medic 9, for two days, 
August 16 and 17, 2000, for violation of Section 3926 of the Rules and Regulations 
(Tardiness/Failure to Report). 

E. Resignation 

Submitting resignation of Probationary H3 Firefighter/Paramedic Eric Roach, effective close 
of business October 14, 2000. (Resigned with satisfactory services. Started work 01-10-00.) 

F. Leave of Absence 

Submitting request for leave of absence for H33 T/Paramedic Captain Charles Dennis 
McDevitt, for one month, (sick leave with pay), from August 30 through October 1 , 2000. 

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G. Unlitigated Claims 

Submitting report from City Attorney's Office on unlitigated claims for September 2000: 

Name of Claimant Claim Amount Filed/Paid Accident NoVCategoryAJnit Date of Accident 

Christine Sherron $ 619.67/ 619.67 99-0-175/ (A) /Truck 1 02-14-00 

Gerardo Elizordo 7,987.45/4,717.47 99-0-190/ (C) /Medic 5 03-07-00 

Jerilyn Henderson 2,474,48/ 2,474.48 99-0-262/ (A) /Truck 1 1 06-21-00 

Alex Fuentes 635.33/ 635.33 00-1-013/ (A) /Engine 21 07-13-00 

Shun Lee Co. 1 ,474.03/ 1 ,474.03 00-1 -024/ (B) /Engine 25 07-29-00 

Vice President Nakajo moved and Commissioner Roeca seconded. There were no 
questions or discussion and Items A through G on the Consent Calendar were approved or 
ordered filed as appropriate. 



4. REGULAR CALENDAR -NEW BUSINESS 

A. Letters of Commendation 

Submitted three letters commending members of the Department for response to requests 
for assistance, emergencies, or training. 

President Roff directed that these letters be acknowledged and incorporated in the minutes 
of today's meeting. 

B. Professional Services Contract 

Submitted for approval a proposed professional services contract in the amount of $49,500 
from The Hawkins Company, an executive recruitment firm, to conduct a search for the 
Chief of Department. 

Commissioner Roeca moved and Vice President Nakajo seconded. 

John Darmanin wished to have several questions answered regarding the Hawkins 
Company contract. He wished to know if there was an effort to retain a local company 
instead of one based in Los Angeles. He noted that the duration of the contract seemed too 
long and that the cost seemed excessive. Mr. Darmanin referred to a proposal that had 
been received in February 2000. 

The Secretary responded that the proposal referred to a process that the Purchaser used to 
select a pool of acceptable executive recruitment firms from which various city departments 
could select a contractor, without going through the bidding process itself, in order to 
shorten the overall search process. These firms are 12B compliant as well as compliant in 
other matters set forth by the Human Rights Commission and the Purchaser. 

President Roff added that the firm selected by the Commission has widespread experience 
in finding top executives for a number of cities across the country, including public safety 
and emergency services officials. He emphasized that it was the intent of the Commission to 
move the process along with alacrity. 

There were no questions or discussion and the proposed professional services contract was 
approved. 



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C. Communications Received by Commission 

Four communications were received by the Commission from October 6, 2000 through 
October 19, 2000. 

D. Public Comment 

Supporters of Horacio Candia wished to present public comment in support of him. Deputy 
City Attorney John Cooper told them that they could speak about the procedures that the 
Commission has followed for his hearing but could not address specific matters that were 
addressed in the hearing itself, since that would have to be noticed under the Brown Act. 

Lawrence Murray, Horacio Candia's attorney, stated that he had been told that public 
comment could be presented by the public as it related to Candia. Mr. Cooper responded 
that this was just general public comment and not comment on a specific agenda item. Mr. 
Murray agreed to withholding comment at this point. 

John Darmanin reiterated that a speedy process is needed for the selection of Chief of 
Department, and that it was neither fair to the current Acting Chief, Paul Tabacco, nor to the 
members of the Department to prolong the process. Mr. Darmanin added that he personally 
wished to thank Chief Tabacco for attending a union meeting and responding to questions. 
When confronted with questions that he could not answer, Chief Tabacco stated that he 
would get back with the answers. Mr. Darmanin believed this type of open discourse was a 
step in the right direction in building up the morale of the membership. 

5. Consideration of request to present closing arguments by parties prior to 
Commission deliberations on the Special Hearing concerning a formal complaint filed 
by Chief of Department against Chiefs Aide Horacio Candia 

This portion of the meeting may be held in Closed Session pursuant to Government Code 
Section 54957. 

1. Public Comment on all matters pertaining to Closed Session 

2. Reconvene in Open Session 

a. Possible report on action taken in Closed Session, pursuant to Government Code 
Section 54957.1, and 54957.7, and San Francisco Administration Code Section 
67. 14(b). 

b. Vote to elect whether to disclose any or all Closed Session discussions, pursuant to 
San Francisco Administrative Code Section 67. 14(a). 

President Roff removed Item 5 from the calendar and stated that closing arguments by 
parties, often minutes each, would be heard before the full Commission in open session 
and before deliberations began in closed session. He indicated that the Secretary would 
schedule deliberations in the near future and would notify Mr. Murray. 

Mr. Murray thanked President Roff for the opportunity but wished to bring to his attention 
that there were 12 to 15 individuals who intended to speak tonight on behalf of Mr. Candia. 
President Roff reminded Mr. Murray that the evidentiary hearing was completed and the 
case is being submitted by the hearing officer to the Commission for deliberations. Mr. 
Murray responded that the individuals in question wished to provide public comment 
regarding the disciplinary action against Horacio Candia and not necessarily evidence. 



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Mr. Cooper reminded Mr. Murray that his client had requested a closed session. If it would 
have been in open session, Mr. Candia's supporters could have been heard at any time 
during the hearing. Mr. Murray stated that Mr. Candia's supporters did not wish to address a 
specific issue of evidence but wished to express their feelings regarding how the 
Department has handled the problems that occurred in this case. Mr. Cooper stated that the 
Commission's decision should be based solely on the evidence that was presented. 

President Roff pointed out that in wishing the public comment to occur before the 
Commission's deliberations, Mr. Murray expects that this comment could be persuasive 
toward a decision, one way or the other, by the Commission. He believed it preferable to 
wait until after closing arguments and deliberations have taken place. Deputy City Attorney 
Cooper agreed with President Roff and believed that the appropriate time for this specific 
public comment was after the Commission has reached it's decision. 

Mr. Murray asked that the individuals who are present for public comment should be given 
an opportunity to voice their concerns about how the Department operates and handles this 
type of issue. Mr. Cooper replied that this was not a matter on the agenda and before the 
Commission. He explained that the public comment being referred to is on whether or not 
the Commission should go into closed session. 

Tyrone Pruitt, President, Black Firefighters Association, believed that the public should have 
had an opportunity to comment under Item D. Public Comment on the Commission agenda 
because it is a matter within the jurisdiction of the Commission. He stated that the public 
should be provided the opportunity and the Commission must allow them to make a 
statement on matters concerned with the Fire Department, and if they are not allowed to 
speak at the appointed time on this agenda, then their rights are being violated. 

Deputy City Cooper responded that the public has a right to be heard but the public also has 
a greater right and, that is, the right to be notified about matters that are before the 
Commission. The matter referred to by Mr. Pruitt at this time, is not the matter that is on the 
agenda. 

President Roff wished to assure every one that there would be an opportunity to make 
public comment if they wish to do so. 

Valerie Tulier wished a clarification on when public comment on the Candia matter can be 
provided since it could not be under: Public comment on all matters pertaining to Closed 
Session. She stated that there was considerable community concern over the Candia issue 
and that the Commission should hear it before making their decision. 

6. ADJOURNMENT 

There being no further business to come before the Commission, the meeting was 
adjourned at 6:45 p.m. 



Tania Bauer 
Secretary 



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CYRIL M. PELETZ, CIVIL ENGINEER 



CM. PELETZ CO. 

GENERAL CONTRACTORS 

55 NEW MONTGOMERY STREET, SUITE 624 
SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94105 

CONTRACTOR'S LICENSE NO. 176613 



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(415)543-0800 
FAX (415) 543-0881 



July 18, 2000 



Mayor Willie Brown 

City Hall 

4 01 Van Ness Avenue 

3rd Floor, Room 33 6 

San Francisco, CA 94103 

Dear Mayor Brown: 




BY: MAYOR'S OFFICE \ 



Last Saturday my wife fell on the sidewalk at Columbus in North 
Beach and broke two bones in her ankle. 



At the suggestion of her doctor, I called 911 
personnel came to our condo immediately. 



and emergency 



I wanted to let you know how pleased we were with their service and 
their professionalism. The people of SFFD Medic No. 2 consisted of 
Michael Breiling and Melany Brandon. They were both most efficient 
and sympathetic and Michael Breiling was especially thoughtful and 
competent. Also SFFD Engine No. 41 responded and the personnel 
were also extremely efficient. 

In an emergency situation like the one we had a layman is not 
equipped to deal with things and it is so gratifying to know that 
the city has people who can operate during these conditions. 

If you will, I would appreciate it if you notify both Mr. Michael 

Breiling and Ms. Melany Brandon as well as the Fire Department 

Engine No. 41 personnel as to how pleased my wife and I were with 
their superior performance. 

Very truly yours, 




Cyri 




State of California • The Resources Agency 

DEPARTMENT OF PARKS AND RECREATION • P.O. Box 942896 • Sacramento, CA 94296-0001 

(916)653-6380 



Gray D avj^Goyeg, 
Rusty AreiasTo/reci 



OCT 12 2000 



Mr. Dan Sullivan, Assistant Deputy Chief 

San Francisco Fire Department 

Division of Support Services 

698 Second Street 

San Francisco, California/^ ' 

Dear Chief Sullivan: 





behalf of Governor Gray Davis and the people of California, I would like to 
sincerely thank you, your staff, and the crew of the Guardian for bringing the fireboat to 
Sacramento to kick-off "Celebrating California - Admission Day 2000," commemorating 
California's 1 50 th year of statehood. The historic vessel Alma symbolized the significant 
role that the maritime industry played in California's heritage. The Guardian provided 
the perfect celebratory backdrop for the Alma's entrance into Old Sacramento. Your 
short voyage together from the Sacramento Yacht Club to Old Sacramento was a major 
highlight of this three-day historic event. 

This effort would not have happened without dedicated staff who ensured that all 
logistical issues were identified and addressed. Please convey my appreciation to Bob 
Costa, Senior Marine Pilot, who provided leadership, guidance, and logistical support in 
planning the Guardian's journey as well as the crew and those who provided staff 
support. 

California's rich heritage came to life through exhibits, demonstrations, dance, 
music, presentations, and theatrical reenactments. This was the largest and highest 
quality living history event ever held in California. The Sacramento Bee quoted fourth- 
grade teacher Patricia Von Petner as saying "My whole curriculum is here!" Attendance 
at the three-day exceeded all our expectations. Officials estimate over 100,000 visitors 
attended the three-day event. 

While Celebrating California recognized California's past, this festival was also 
history in the making. When future generations recall the event that recognized 
California's 1 50 th year of statehood, they will find archives and documentation of 
Celebrating California, its activities, participation, and support. We hope you and your 
staff are proud to have been a part of this significant event. Once again, thank you for 
your important contribution. 




October 14, 2000 



Mayor Willie Brown 

1 Carlton B. Goodlett, #200 

San Francisco, CA 94102-4689 



Dear Honorable Brown, 

I am drafting this short note supporting the Neighborhood Emergency Response Team 
Training Program. 

Through my employment at HIH Insurance, I completed the NERT training this summer. 
I learned disaster medicine, hazard mitigation and light search & rescue among other 
useful techniques. This program is vital in preparing San Franciscans for a major 
earthquake when all government agencies will be overwhelmed. NERT will save lives! 
Therefore, this City's government should support this program 

I 

I would also like to take this opportunity to thank the firefighters, who trained us. They 
are knowledgeable 




Howfe 

5180 Mission Street, #305 

San Francisco, CA 941 12 



cc: Board of Supervisors 
Fire Commission 



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FIRE COMMISSION 

City and County of San Francisco 



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Hadley Roff, President 
Stephen Nakajo, Vice President 
Carlota del Portillo, Commissioner 
Pat Norman, Commissioner 
Russell Roeca, Commissioner 

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698 Second Street 
San Francisco CA 94107 
Telephone 415.558.3451 

Fax 415.558.3413 
Tania Bauer, Secretary 



JVIINUTES OF THE FIRE COMMISSION 



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No. 00-40 



Regular Meeting - Thursday - November 9, 2000 - 6:00 p.m. 

698 Second Street, Room 102 



Item 
No. 



1. ON ROLL CALL, the following were noted present: 

President Hadley R. Roff 
Vice President Stephen A. Nakajo 
Commissioner Carlota del Portillo 
Commissioner Pat Norman 
Commissioner Russell S. Roeca 



Paul J. Tabacco 
Bernie F. Lee 
Joseph C. Asaro 



- Acting Chief of Department 

- Deputy Chief, Operations 

- Deputy Chief, Administration 



Assistant Deputy Chiefs - Staff : 



Khairul A. Ali 
Daniel A. Sullivan 
Gary P. Massetani 

Chief Officers - Staff: 



Management Services 
Support Services 
Fire Prevention 



Richard C. Shortall - Emergency Medical Services 

Marshal Isaacs, M.D. - Emergency Medical Services 

Chief Officers - Firefightinq Services: 



Henry T. Smith 
Arthur W. Kenney 



- Division 1 (Acting) 

- Division 3 



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2. APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES 

Regular Meeting of October 26, 2000. 

Commissioner Roeca moved and Commissioner Norman seconded, 
questions or discussion and the minutes were approved as presented. 



There were no 



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3. CONSENT CALENDAR 



All matters listed hereunder (Items A through G) constitute a Consent Calendar, were 
considered to be routine by the Fire Commission, and were acted upon by a single roll-call 
vote of the Commission. 

A. Monthly Reports 

Division of Training 

Submitting monthly report from Division of Training concerning activities performed during 
October 2000. 



Physician's Reports 

Submitting biweekly reports of Fire Department Physician concerning disability injuries, 
September 16 through September 29, 2000, and September 30 through October 13, 2000. 

B. Appointments 

Temporary Appointments 

Reporting having made 246 temporary appointments September 30 through October 13, 
2000. 

C. Retirements 

Communications received from Retirement Board indicating the following members have 
retired: 



Name 



Rank 



Type 



Retirement Date 



Sorrells, Cordia 
Leonard, Allan J. 



H33 EMS Captain 
H20 Lieutenant 



Service October 27, 2000 

Service October 28, 2000 



(Retirement Certificates will be presented at a Fire Commission meeting in November) 

D. Military Leaves 

Submitting for approval applications from two members for Military Leaves of Absence with 
pay, in order to comply with Military Orders received from their commanding officers: 



Name 



Rank 



Dates 



Days Military Organization 



Purpose 



Donnelly, Mark 
E-9 



H30 Capt. 



Meneses, Ferdinand H2 FF 
Sgt E-6 



10-25-00 thru 
10-27-00 

10-14-00 thru 
10-15-00 



US Air Force Res. 
Travis AFB, CA 

US Army Res. 
Oakland, CA 



Attend Active 
Duty Training 

Attend Active 
Duty Training 



E. Suspension 

Reporting suspension of the following: 

H3 Firefighter/Paramedic James App, Medic 2, for two days, November 5 and 6, 2000, for 
violation of Section 3002 of the Rules and Regulations (Inspection after Roll Call). 

H3 Firefighter/Paramedic Andrew Baron, Medic 35, for two days, November 5 and 6, 2000, 
for violation of G.O. A-56 (Security of Equipment). 



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H3 Firefighter/Paramedic Paul Jug, Medic 36, for two days, November 2 and 3, 2000, for 
violation of Section 3002 of the Rules and Regulations (Inspection after Roll Call). 

H2 Firefighter Manuel Alvarenga, Truck 14, for six work days, November 18/19, 21/22, and 
24/25, 2000, for violation of the Rules and Regulations as follows: 

Section 3905 - Unfamiliarity with Rules 

Section 3201 - Conforming 

Section 3204 - Uniform Off Duty 

Section 1402 - Rules and Regulations, Orders 

Section 3907 - Unauthorized Use of Authority of Uniform 

Section 3922 - Acts Detrimental to Welfare of Department 

H1 Fire/Rescue Paramedic Susan Berry, Medic 15, for six work days, November 18/19, 
21/22, and 24/25, 2000, for violation of the Rules and Regulations as follows: 

Section 3938 - Storage of Vehicles and Equipment on Department Premises 
Section 3941 - Loss of Damage of Tools and Equipment 
Section 3905 - Unfamiliarity with Rules 
Section 2815 - Care and Maintenance 
G.O. A-56 - Security of Equipment 

H1 Fire/Rescue Paramedic Christopher Olsen, FR 52, for two days, November 10 and 11, 
2000, for violation of G.O. A-56 (Security of Equipment). 

F. Resignation 

Submitting resignation of the following: 

Probationary H3 Firefighter/Paramedic Todd Rueppel, effective close of business October 
14, 2000. (Resigned with satisfactory services. Started work 01-10-00.) 

2532 Paramedic Joshua Smith, effective close of business November 10, 2000. (Resigned 
with satisfactory services. Transferred from DPH 07-01-97.) 

G. Accidents 

Submitting reports and recommendations of the Accident Review Committee regarding the 
following accidents: 

Accident No. Accident Date Serial No. Category Recommendation 

Medic 35 00-1-057 8/5/00 718 C File 

Drv: Fire/Res PM Susan Berry 

Cause: Driver inattention - Medic 35, while making an illegal left turn, struck a Muni LRV 



Medic 10 00-1-058 8/15/00 723 B Bill 

Drv: FF/PM Charles McGowan-Faciani 

Cause: Medic 10, while responding with red lights and siren, was struck by a civilian 
vehicle in an intersection 



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Engine 17 00-1-059 9/5/00 537 A File 

Off: Lt. Anthony Smerdel Drv: FF Alexander Douglas 

Cause: Misjudged clearance - While responding to an incident, Eng 17 scraped a parked 
civilian vehicle while making a right turn 



Engine 1 00-1-060 9/5/00 513 C File 

Off: T/Lt. John Diluzio Drv: FF John Sikora 

Cause: Misjudged clearance - Eng 1, while responding to an incident, lightly grazed a 
civilian vehicle while making a right turn 



Medic 1 00-1-061 9/8/00 719 A File 

Drv: FF/PM Christian Gadbois 

Cause: Misjudged clearance - Medic 1 , while transporting a patient, and in an attempt to 
avoid a pedestrian while making a right turn, scraped a civilian vehicle 



Medic 5 00-1-062 9/12/00 721 A File 

Drv: FF/PM Jonathan Baxter 

Cause: Misjudged clearance - Medic 5, while backing into a parking bay at UCSF, grazed 
a civilian vehicle which was double parked 



Engine 16 00-1-063 9/16/00 533 A File 

Off: Lt. Louis Bacciocco Drv: FF Michael Cotton 

Cause: Misjudged clearance - While backing up from the scene of an incident, Eng 16 
lightly struck a parked civilian vehicle 



Medic 3 00-1-064 9/17/00 B Bill 

Drv: FF/PM Michael Arsanis 

Cause: While parked at the scene of an incident, Medic 3 was struck from behind by a 
civilian vehicle 



Truck 1 00-1-065 9/18/00 607 B Bill 

Off: T/Lt. Paul Mchugh Drv: FF Kenneth Hoover Tlr: FF Gary Barisone 

Cause: While Trk 1 and a civilian vehicle started to make a right turn, the civilian vehicle 
turned into the left bumper of Trk 1 



Medic 5 00-1-066 9/22/00 737 B Bill 

Drv: FF/PM Bryan Hendon 

Cause: While Medic 5 was parked at the scene of a medical incident, a civilian vehicle struck 
Medic 5's side view mirror 



Medic 10 00-1-067 9/22/00 732 C File 

Drv: FF/PM John Graf 

Cause: Misjudged clearance - While transporting a patient to SFGH, Medic 10 in an 
attempt to pass a civilian vehicle lightly scraped the side of the civilian vehicle 

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Engine 12 00-1-068 9/23/00 532 A File 

Off Capt. Daniel Murphy Drv: FF Stephen Martin 

Cause Misjudged clearance - While returning from an incident and travelling down a 

narrow street, Eng 12 struck an illegally parked civilian vehicle 



Medic 41 00-1-069 9/24/00 709 A File 

Drv: FF/PM Daniel Verhage 

Cause: While backing into a parking space, Medic 41 struck a civilian vehicle that was 
illegally parked on the sidewalk 



Battalion 5 00-1-070 9/25/00 914 B File 

Off: T/BC John Peeff Drv: C/A Alexandra Alexander 

Cause: While responding with red lights and siren, and making a left turn from the right 
lane, Batt 5 was struck by a civilian vehicle 

Category A - An accident which has occurred because of inattention to vehicle operator's and/or officer's 
responsibilities or because of misjudgment of clearance in operating apparatus near stationary objects. 

Category B - An accident in which fire department personnel exercised reasonable judgment and precautions, 
exhibited good apparatus operator's and officer's skills and observed all state, local and fire department 
statutes, ordinances and rules. 

Category C - An accident which has occurred because of apparatus operator's misjudgment of clearance, 
deficiency in defensive driving techniques, or failure to anticipate other vehicle's movements. 

Commissioner Roeca moved and Commissioner Norman seconded. There were no 
questions or discussion and Items A through G on the Consent Calendar were approved or 
ordered filed as appropriate. 



4. REGULAR CALENDAR - NEW BUSINESS 

A. Letters of Commendation 

Submitted five letters commending members of the Department for response to requests for 
assistance, emergencies, or training. 

President Roff directed that these letters be acknowledged and incorporated in the minutes 
of today's meeting. 

B. Chief of Department's Monthly Report 

Submitted monthly report from Chief of Department on monthly status of department 
personnel, equipment and apparatus for October 2000. 

Commissioner Norman moved and Commissioner del Portillo seconded. 

Acting Chief Tabacco wished to provide an update on the paramedic Engine Companies. He 
stated that within the last two weeks the Department had placed two more paramedic 
Engine Companies into service - one at Station 16 and the other at Station 44. Chief 
Tabacco indicated that the Department is continuing to expand its paramedic coverage 
throughout the city and hoped that more paramedic Engine Companies could be added in 
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There were no further questions or discussion and the monthly report of Chief of 
Department was approved. 

C. Meritorious Awards 

Presentation of a Class "C" medal, a Certificate of Meritorious Conduct, and a cash award to 
the following uniformed members: 

Recipient Award Date 



Firefighter Sabine O. Balden 


Class C 


06-21-98 


Firefighter Robert J. Guldbech 


Class C 


06-21-98 


Paramedic John Grimaldi 


Class C 


02-14-00 


Firefighter Anthony D. Yee 


Class C 


02-14-00 


Firefighter Britton L. Smith 


Class C 


03-09-00 


Firefighter Jerry Chiang 


Class C 


03-26-00 


Captain Gerald R. Shannon 


Class C 


05-20-00 


Firefighter Petra Johnson 


Class C 


05-29-00 


Lieutenant Anthony R. Smerdel 


Class C 


07-17-99 



Acting Chief Tabacco invited Firefighters Anthony Yee, Petra Johnson, Sabine Balden and 
Britton Smith to come forward, one at a time, to accept the award. Chief Tabacco recited 
each Firefighter's heroic act and presented each with a medal, certificate and check. He 
congratulated the Firefighters, as did each member of the Fire Commission. 

Firefighters who were not present to receive their awards were Firefighter Robert Guldbech, 
Firefighter Jerry Chiang, Captain Gerald Shannon, Lieutenant Anthony Smerdel and 
Paramedic John Grimaldi. The Secretary will mail their awards to them at a later date. 

D. Special Presentation 

Office of the Department Physician - Deborah Owen, M.D. 

Deborah Owen, M.D., Medical Director, summarized the purpose of her office for the 
Commission, and that is, to coordinate and execute a comprehensive occupational safety 
and health program for the San Francisco Fire Department. A main component of this 
program is to develop and implement primary and secondary prevention strategies. In 
addition, Dr. Owen is also responsible for evaluating and certifying San Francisco Fire 
Department personnel for mandatory and return-to-work examinations and providing 
consultative services regarding work-related issues. 

The principal activities of Department Physician's Office consist of the following: (1) Medical 
Examinations, (2) Workers Compensation Program, (3) TB Surveillance Program, (4) 
Influenza Vaccine Program, (5) Hepatitis B Vaccine Program, (6) Hearing Conservation 
Program and (7) Health Check Evaluations 

Medical Examinations encompass the following types: Entry level, Promotional, DMV, 
Probational, Return-to-Duty, Hazardous Materials, Scuba Diver and general consultations. 
The Workers Compensation program consists of (1) Case management of members on 
disability; (2) regular meetings with SFFD Administration and the Workers Comp Division; 
and (3) analyzing work-related injury reports for risk management. 

Discussion ensued with Commissioners asking various questions regarding Hepatitis C, the 
TB surveillance program and case management of members on disability. In addition, 
Commissioners inquired about the workload of Department Physician's Office and asked 

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what the ideal staffing level should be. Dr. Owen responded that she would like to see an 
additional Nurse Practitioner and/or a Physician's Assistant and a Clerk/Secretary to handle 
the voluminous paperwork. 

E. Communications Received by Commission 

Two communications were received by the Commission from October 20, 2000 through 
November 2, 2000: 

F. Public Comment 

John Darmanin, Firefighter, member of the Health and Safety Committee, was pleased to 
hear the Commission's interest in Hepatitis C screenings and TB testing. He noted the 
Commission's concern and recognition of the needed staffing levels in the Physician's 
Office. Mr. Darmanin explained that Dr. Owen had repeatedly asked for support staff but the 
funding had not been approved in the budget. He appealed to Commission for their 
assistance in resolving the funding issue. 

Prior to hearing from the supporters of Horacio Candia, President Roff wished the make the 
following statement. He noted that this disciplinary case is before the Commission and a 
verdict has not been rendered. Testimony has been taken in the evidentiary portion of the 
formal hearing and both the Department and Firefighter Candia were well represented by 
attorneys. President Roff explained that Commissions are legislative bodies but the Fire and 
Police Commissions have a dual function because they also fulfill a judicial function by 
hearing disciplinary cases. President Roff pointed out that in disciplinary cases the 
Commission's decisions can only be based on the evidence presented before it. He 
cautioned those providing public comment that they are free to say what they wish but that 
the Commission will be guided and bound by the evidentiary record presented in the formal 
hearing. 

The following supporters of Horacio Candia wished to provide public comment to indicate 
their support of him: 

Suvaro Juarez, police officer, spoke in support of Horacio Candia. 

James Licavoli, retired city employee, spoke in support of Horacio Candia. 

Jennifer Walker-Kemp, tax preparer, spoke in support of Horacio Candia. 

Bill Peavey, attorney, spoke in support of Horacio Candia. 

George Pelham, funeral administrator, spoke in support of Horacio Candia. 

Valerie Tulier, member, Latino Steering Committee, spoke in support of Horacio Candia. 

Samuel Brown, CEO, Sam Brown Group, spoke in support of Horacio Candia. 

San Rhame, Chiropractor, spoke in support of Horacio Candia. 

Benjamin Santana, spoke in support of Horacio Candia. 

Nyusa Young, paralegal, spoke in support of Horacio Candia. 

Mike Sinclair, controller, spoke in support of Horacio Candia. 

Yolanda Diaz, student, UC Davis, spoke in support of Horacio Candia. 

Estelle Ayala Soto, accident victim, spoke through a translator in support of Horacio 
Candia 



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Robert Cannucci, Horacio Candia's brother-in-law, spoke in his support. 
Zibecca, visitor from Germany, spoke in support of Horacio Candia. 

Tyrone Pruitt, President, Black Firefighters Association, questioned the method of selecting 
the new Medical Leave Supervisor. He was aware that Brenda McCutcheon had been 
acting in that position and he wished to know if Ms. McCutcheon had been considered to 
continue to serve in that position. Mr. Pruitt stated that he will further investigate the 
selection process and will bring it to the attention of the Commission. 

Mr. Pruitt also wished to address the situation when Horacio Candia's request for a 
representative from the Black Firefighters Association was denied. Mr. Pruitt considers the 
denial by the Department to be a serious offense and will further investigate it since he 
believes it to be a serious violation of a member's right to representation. 

John Hanley, President, San Francisco Firefighters Local 798, pointed out that Local 798 is 
the officially recognized bargaining unit of San Francisco Firefighters. According to the 
MOU, if a representative is needed, whether for a urinalysis or any other matter, a 
representative from the official bargaining unit must be notified. In Mr. Candia's case, Mr. 
Hanley was notified and came to provide support for Horacio Candia. 

G. Adjournment 

There being no further business to come before the Commission, the meeting was 
adjourned at 7:45 p.m. 



Tania Bauer 
Secretary 



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State of California — Business, Transportation and Housing Agency GRAY DAVIS, Governor 

DEPARTMENT OF CALIFORNIA HIGHWAY PATROL 

San Francisco Area 

455 Eighth Street 

San Francisco, C A 94103 

(415)557-1094 




October 30, 2000 

File No.: 335.1 1827.A7727 



Chief Paul Tabacco 

San Francisco Fire Department 

698 Second Street 

San Francisco, C A 94107 

Dear Chief Tabacco: 

I would like to express my appreciation for the assistance of John Marberry from Medic #36, and 
Mark Hayes from Rescue #1, that responded to a major injury traffic collision that occurred 
southbound US-101, north of 1-280 in the city of San Francisco on October 13, 2000. The 
vehicle, which contained two adults and three children, ran off the roadway and struck a dirt 
embankment and tree. One of the children suffered major head trauma and it was imperative he 
received medical treatment immediately. 

Mr. Marberry and Mr. Hayes were off-duty, but upon seeing the collision stopped to render 
assistance. Their help in providing life support was a key factor in the recovery of the child. 

Again, please extend my sincere appreciation to both Mr. Marberry and Mr. Hayes for their 
assistance at the collision scene. 

Sincerely, 





P. R. BURNETT, Captain 

Commander 

San Francisco Area 




FRED H. LAU 

CHIEF OF POLICE 



POLICE DEPARTMENT 

CITY AND COUNTY OF SAN FRANCISCO 

THOMAS J. CAHILL HALL OF JUSTICE 

850 BRYANT STREET 
SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA 94103 



July 31 ,2000 



Chief Robert Navarro 

San Francisco Fire Department 

698 - 2 nd Street 

San Francisco, California 94107 

Dear Chief Navarro: 



I am writing to extend my gratitude for the help you gave our Police Department 
in the successful Joint Training Operation executed on July 19 and 20, 2000. 

The members of the Special Operations Division training unit shared with me 
how you gave generously of your time and talent. You not only fulfilled their 
request, but went a step beyond expectation. 

Your commitment in support for the training was invaluable. You handled your 
assignment to facilitate the training and contributed significantly to the overall 
success of the department-wide effort. I wanted you to know about your 
contribution to the effort and how much I personally appreciate it. 

As we continue to strive for excellence in training for department members and 
be proactive in consequence resolution for the residents of this fine city, I trust 
that we can count on your help again. The magnitude and logistics of this 
training operation had never been attempted before and its success is a tribute to 
all the officers involved. I am personally grateful. 



Sincerely 




FRED H. LAU 
Chief of Police 



FHL/mn 







MELISSA HAMMERNESS 
1523 Forge Road 
San Mateo, California 94402 
(650) 573-1290 



October 30, 2000 

Chief of Department 

San Francisco Fire Commission 

698 Second Street 

San Francisco, California 94107 

Dear Sir: 

I would like to commend and thank the following 

firefighters and paramedics for saving the life of our 

father, Ted Cruz, last Monday, October 23rd, at the 
16th and Potrero Safeway Store: 

Lieutenant Nicki Griffey, Firefighters Acosta, 
McCoy, and Szela from Engine 29, and Firefighters 
Jaquysh and Song from Station 7. 

Our father had a massive heart attack at Safeway. 
Your paramedics not only saved his life by the medical 
attention they administered, but they prevented any 
brain damage by arriving on the scene so quickly. 

On Monday night, the doctors at UC Med said our dad 
was too weak to undergo an emergency bypass operation 
and they weren't even sure he'd regain consciousness. 

Now, only one week later, our father has undergone 
a quadruple bypass, is sitting up in bed feeding 
himself, and is dictating a list of things he wants done 
at his business. Fifty-five years ago, he started off 
as an errand boy at the company he now owns, and he 
can't wait to get back in the saddle again. 

Needless to say, my brother and myself, and the 
four grandchildren, will never forget the life-saving 
medical assistance the men and women of your department 
provided. Thank you. 

Gratefully youjrs , 

Bria'&LCruz 
Melissa Hammerness 





1095 Market Street, #814 
BURtOn h. WOlfe • San Francisco, CA 94103-1631 

Telephone: (415) 487-1787 



September 28, 2000 



Paul Tabacco, Acting Chief 
San Francisco Fire Department 
698 Second Street 
San Francisco, CA 94107 



Dear Chief Tabacco: 



Inasmuch as the 911 operation has received negative comments from 
the media recently, I trust that you will welcome a different story. 

On August 9th I suffered a massive heart attack: the kind that has 
killed many men and women. It occurred suddenly here in my office. 
The excruciating pain, difficulty in breathing, and perspiration pouring 
from my head, were unmistakable signs of a heart attack, and a big one. 

I dialed 911 immediately, and the operator had me hooked into the 
Fire Department's emergency place in a matter of seconds. Whoever I talked 
to on the phone told me to lie still and try to relax as much as possible 
and the ambulance crew would come to my office at once. Although I was 
so whacked out that I cannot remember time exactly, it seems to me that 
the ambulance crew (or rescue crew, whatever you call them) reached my 
office in five minutes or less. They had the necessary equipment, 
medication, and knowledge to keep me breathing and conscious for the 
trip to the hospital. Their manner was very reassuring. 

Because of the Fire Department crew's quick and skillful action, an 
emergency team at Pacific Medical Center was able to save my life through 
an orthoplasty that cleared my artery which was 100 percent occluded. 
But, without the Fire Department crew's quickness and skill, the chances 
were that I would not have survived the heart attack. So, it was the 
Fire Department crew's work, in the first stage, that saved my life. 

I wish I had the names of the two men on duty August 9th at 
around 2 p.m., when the heart attack occurred. Since I do not, I would 
appreciate greatly your seeing to it that they receive copies of this letter. 
You also have my permission to post the letter or copies of it anywhere you 
want and to use the letter and copies in any way that you want. 

I think those two men ought to receive some kind of commendation. 
With my deepest thanks to the Fire Department and its Rescue Crew, 

Burton H. Wolfe' 
cc: Richard Shortall, Chief, Emergency Medical Services 



BOARD OF DIRECTORS 

Laurence D. Almand 
Author 

Ralph Anspach 
Professor of Economics 

Gwendolyn Carmen 
Public Schoolteacher 

Louis H. Diamond 
Tax Attorney 

Andrew Kotakis 
Health Club Proprietor 

Paula Kotakis 

Art Museum Officer 

Thomas J. LaCroix 
Musician-Band Leader 

Julian P. Lagos 
Educator-Realtor 

Susan B. Loebl 

Senior Marketing Analyst 

Robert P. Lohmann 
Educator-Teachers Union 
Officer, Japan 

Michael C. Pantazis 
President, MCP Real Estate, 
Investment Mortgage Co. 

James L. Szekely, Sr. 
Director, International Taxi 
Drivers Safety Council 

Fiona Zhong 
Biologist 

Burton H. Wolfe 

Author 
Secretary-Treasurer 



H.E.L.P. 

Homosapiens Educational & Legal Project 




1095 Market Street, #814 
San Francisco/ CA 94103-1631 
Telephone: (415) 487-1787 

October 26, 2000 



To Melany Brandon and Mark Gradney, Paramedics 

Fire Station (Medic) 35 

Foot of Harrison Street - Pier 221 

San Francisco, CA 9410*M"~ 

Dear Melany and Mark, 

Ginni phoned me yesterday to inform me that you are 
the two paramedics who saved my life on August 9th. The 
enclosed copy of my letter to Chief Tabacco explains the 
details. Now I have the opportunity to thank you personally. 

Your prompt action saved my life and enabled me to 
continue with unfinished projects. I hope that will make a 
difference to a lot of people. 



With my lifelong thanks to you, 




cc: 



Burton H. Wolfe 



Paul Tabacco, Acting Chief 

Richard Shortall, Chief of Emergency Services 
Hadley Roff, President, S.F. Fire Commission 



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Vladimir and Tanya Berkovsky 

2374 Funston Avenue 

, . . ~ ■, San Francisco CA 94116 



Attn. Mayor Willie Brown 
San Francisco City Hall 
San Francisco, California 



September 12,2000 \ gy! M? ="■ ■'" ' ' iJj~~- ' 

Dear Mr. Mayor, 

A sincere thank you is extended to Mr. Paul Piancone and Mr. Michael Breiling of San 
Francisco Fire Department Engine 40, Medic 18 for their professionalism and kindness. 

On June 6 2000, being 9 months pregnant and expecting a baby any hour I suddenly 
realized that I had to go to the hospital as contractions had started. Unfortunately, we 
couldn't make it on time as the labor quickly progressed into the final stage. At that point 
my husband called 91 1 and in a few minutes the firefighters came to our house quickly 
followed by paramedics. 

Our family was impressed by their professionalism and preparedness for baby delivery at 
home. In a few minutes our new family member was born - Laura Michelle Berkovsky. 

Mr. Mayor, could you kindly make sure that these gentlemen are properly rewarded for 
the outstanding job they've done. People of that caliber are hard to find and we are really 
happy that such individuals are at the public service. 



Sincerelv. 



The Berkovsky Family 



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Item 
No. 

1 . On ROLL CALL, the following were noted present: 

President Hadley R. Roff 
Commissioner Russell S. Roeca 
Commissioner Pat Norman 
Commissioner Carlota del Portillo 


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Vice President Nakajo was traveling on personal business. 

2. CLOSED SESSION (Continued from meetings of 7/27/00, 8/21/00, 8/24/00 and 8/28/00, 
9/5/00 and 10/4/00). 

Pursuant to the Ralph M. Brown Act, Government Code Section 54947 and 54954.5, and 
the San Francisco Administrative Code Section 67.10(b), the Fire Commission will meet in 
closed session to consider nomination of candidates for appointment as Chief of 
Department to be transmitted to the Mayor. 

1 . Commissioner Norman moved for closed session and Commissioner Roeca seconded. 

2. There was no public comment. 

The Commission went into closed session at 2:15 p.m. 

3. The Commission reconvened in open session at 3:35 p.m. Commissioner Roeca moved 
and Commissioner del Portillo seconded not to disclose any action or discussion held in 
closed session. 

3. ADJOURNMENT 

There being no further business, the Special Meeting was adjourned at 3:40 p.m. 



Tania Bauer 
Commission Secretary 



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Item 
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1. On ROLL CALL, the following were present: 

President Hadley R. Roff 

Vice President Stephen A. Nakajo 

Commissioner Russell S. Roeca 

Commissioner Pat Norman 

Commissioner Carlota del Portillo 

Acting Chief of Department Paul J. Tabacco 

Also present: Jill Sprague, Deputy City Attorney, Counsel for the Fire Department 
Lawrence Murray, Counsel for Horacio Candia 
Marie Blits, Deputy City Attorney, Counsel for the Fire Commission 

Horacia Candia 

Tyrone Pruitt, President, San Francisco Black Firefighters Association 

2. PRESENTATION OF CLOSING ARGUMENTS BY PARTIES PRIOR TO COMMISSION 
DELIBERATIONS CONCERNING A FORMAL COMPLAINT FILED BY CHIEF OF 
DEPARTMENT AGAINST CHIEF'S AIDE HORACIO CANDIA. 

Counsel for the Department argued for termination and Counsel for Horacio Candia asked 
for lenience and a lesser penalty. 

3. COMMISSION DELIBERATIONS ON A FORMAL COMPLAINT FILED BY CHIEF OF 
DEPARTMENT AGAINST HORACIO CANDIA (Continued from Meetings of 5/25/00, 
6/8/00, 7/13/00, 9/13/00, 9/14/00, 9/22/00 and 9/29/00). 

Formal hearing concerning the formal complaint filed by Robert L. Demmons, Chief of 
Department, against Chiefs Aide Horacio Candia, dated May 16, 2000, for violation of the 
Rules and Regulations as follows: 

Section 3912 - Intoxicants/Drugs 

Substance Policy - Employee Refusal for Drug Test 

Any refusal to be tested will be considered an admission to the use of an 
illegal/controlled substance and/or being under the influence or consuming 
alcohol on duty. Upon refusal the member will be immediately suspended or 
recommended for termination. 



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This portion of the meeting may be held in Closed Session pursuant to Government Code 
Section 54957. 

1. There was no public comment pertaining to the closed session. The Commission 
went into closed session 2:50 p.m. 

2. The Commission reconvened in open session at 5:20 p.m. 

a. Commissioner Roeca moved not to report any action taken and Commissioner 
del Portillo seconded. The motion was unanimously approved. 

b. Commissioner Norman moved not to disclose any discussion held during closed 
session and Commissioner Roeca seconded. The motion was unanimously 

4. PUBLIC COMMENT 

There was no public comment. 

5. ADJOURNMENT 

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 5:25 p.m. 



Tania Bauer 
Secretary 



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1 . On ROLL CALL, the following were present: 

President Hadley R. Roff 

Vice President Stephen A. Nakajo 

Commissioner Russell S. Roeca 

Commissioner Pat Norman 

Commissioner Carlota del Portillo 

2. CONTINUED COMMISSION DELIBERATIONS ON A FORMAL COMPLAINT FILED BY 
CHIEF OF DEPARTMENT AGAINST HORACIO CANDIA (Continued from meetings of 
5/25/00, 6/8/00, 7/13/00, 9/13/00, 9/14/00, 9/22/00, 9/29/00 and 11/16/00). 

Formal hearing concerning the formal complaint filed by Robert L. Demmons, Chief of 
Department, against Chiefs Aide Horacio Candia, dated May 16, 2000, for violation of the 
Rules and Regulations as follows: 

Section 3912 - Intoxicants/Drugs 

Substance Policy - Employee Refusal for Drug Test 

Any refusal to be tested will be considered an admission to the use of an 
illegal/controlled substance and/or being under the influence or consuming 
alcohol on duty. Upon refusal the member will be immediately suspended or 
recommended for termination. 

This portion of the meeting may be held in Closed Session pursuant to Government Code 
Section 54957. 

1. There was no public comment pertaining to the closed session. The Commission 
went into closed session 4:25 p.m. 

2. The Commission reconvened in open session at 5:05 p.m. 

a. Commissioner Nakajo moved not to report any action taken and Commissioner 
Norman seconded. The motion was unanimously approved. 

b. Commissioner Norman moved not to disclose any discussion held during closed 
session and Commissioner del Portillo seconded. The motion was unanimously 

3. PUBLIC COMMENT 

There was no public comment. 

4. ADJOURNMENT 

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 5:05 p.m. 

Tania Bauer, Secretary 

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1. On ROLL CALL, the following were noted present: 

President Hadley R. Roff DEC 1 1 2000 

Vice President Stephen A. Nakajo cam fram^io^ 

Commissioner Pat Norman phdi io? 1 

Commissioner Carlota del Portillo PUBLIC LIBRARY 

Commissioner Russell S. Roeca was excused for business reasons. 

2. CLOSED SESSION (Continued from meetings of 7/27/00, 8/21/00, 8/24/00 and 8/28/00, 
9/5/00, 10/4/00 and 11/3/00). 

Pursuant to the Ralph M. Brown Act, Government Code Section 54947 and 54954.5, and 
the San Francisco Administrative Code Section 67.10(b), the Fire Commission will meet in 
closed session to consider nomination of candidates for appointment as Chief of 
Department to be transmitted to the Mayor. 

1 . Commissioner Norman moved for closed session and Commissioner Nakajo seconded. 

2. There was no public comment. 

The Commission went into closed session at 5:15 p.m. 

3. The Commission reconvened in open session at 5:55 p.m. Commissioner Norman 
moved and Commissioner del Portillo seconded not to disclose any action or discussion 
held in closed session. 

3. ADJOURNMENT 

There being no further business, the Special Meeting was adjourned at 6:00 p.m. 



Tania Bauer 
Commission Secretary 



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Stephen Nakajo, Wee President 
Carlota del Portillo, Commissioner 
Pat Norman, Commissioner 
Russell Roeca, Commissioner 

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698 Second Street 
San Francisco CA 94107 
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Tania Bauer, Secretary 



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Special Meeting - Tuesday -JNovember 21, 2000 - 6:00 p.m. 

698 Second Street, Room 102 



Item 
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1. ON ROLL CALL, the following were noted present: 

President Hadley R. Roff 
Vice President Stephen A. Nakajo 
Commissioner Carlota del Portillo 
Commissioner Pat Norman 
Commissioner Russell S. Roeca 



Paul J. Tabacco 
Bernie F. Lee 
Joseph C. Asaro 



- Acting Chief of Department 

- Deputy Chief, Operations 

- Deputy Chief, Administration 



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Assistant Deputy Chiefs - Staff : 



Ray Balzarini 
Joanne Hayes-White 
Daniel A. Sullivan 
Gary P. Massetani 

Chief Officers - Firefighting Services 



- Division of Airports 

- Division of Training 

- Support Services 

- Fire Prevention 



Henry T. Smith 
Robert G. Boudoures 
Arthur W. Kenney 



- Division 1 (Acting) 

- Division 2 (Acting) 

- Division 3 



2. APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES 

Regular Meeting of November 9, 2000, and Special Meeting of November 3, 2000. 

Commissioner Norman moved and Commissioner del Portillo seconded. There were no 
questions or discussion and the minutes were approved as presented. 

3. CONSENT CALENDAR 

All matters listed hereunder (Items A through H, except for G) constitute a Consent 
Calendar, were considered to be routine by the Fire Commission, and were acted upon by a 
single roll-call vote of the Commission. President Roff directed that Item G was removed 
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A. Monthly Reports 

Division of Fire Prevention & Investigation 

Submitting monthly report from Division of Fire Prevention & Investigation concerning 
activities performed during September 2000. 

Division of Management Services 

Submitting monthly report from Division of Management Services concerning activities 
performed during October 2000. 

B. Appointments 

Reporting the following PROBATIONARY appointments effective NOVEMBER 8, 2000: 

H3 Firefighter/Paramedic 

Kevin Chocker Eric Nylander 

Michael Day Christopher Olsen 

James Green Michael Rambo 

John Grimaldi Scott Richard 

Barry Hirsch Norman Rooker 

Jonathan Huggins Alvin Selva 

Karl Jurgenson Nathan Shapiro 

Perry Lee Michael Song 

Tom Leeper Kirt Thomason 

Andrew Logan Dirk VanWaart 
Joel Newton 

(Note : The above 21 H3 Firefighter/Paramedics are appointed vice self. 
They are currently H1 Fire Rescue Paramedics.) 

Reporting the following PERMANENT EXEMPT appointment effective NOVEMBER 13, 2000: 
1372 Special Assistant XIII 

Margaret O'Sullivan (vice: Carl Koon, retired) 

Temporary Appointments 

Reporting having made 225 temporary appointments October 14 through October 27, 2000. 

C. Military Leave 

Submitting for approval application from one member for Military Leave of Absence with pay, 
in order to comply with Military Orders received from his commanding officer: 

Name Rank Dates Days Military Organization Purpose 

Pampanin, Vincent H2 FF 11-18-00 thru 2 US Army Res. Attend Active 

Sgt. E-5 11-19-00 Moffett Field, CA Duty Training 

D. Suspension 

Reporting suspension of the following: 

H40 Battalion Chief Audry Lee, Battalion 5, for two days, June 26 and 27, 2000, for violation 
of Section 3926 of the Rules and Regulations (Tardiness & Failure to Report). 

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H2 Firefighter Richard Espinoza, Engine 6, for two days, August 15 and 16, 2000, for 
violation of Section 3926 of the Rules and Regulations (Tardiness & Failure to Report). 

H2 Firefighter Kevin Martin, Engine 21, for two days, September 28 and 29, 2000, for 
violation of Section 3926 of the Rules and Regulations (Tardiness & Failure to Report). 

H3 Firefighter/Paramedic Leon White, Medic 35, for 6 work days, December 3/4, 6/7, and 
9/10, 2000, for violation of the Rules and Regulations as follows: 

Section 3938 - Storage of Vehicles and Equipment on Department Premises 
Section 3941 - Loss of Damage of Tools and Equipment 
Section 3905 - Unfamiliarity with Rules 
Section 2815 - Care and Maintenance 
GO. 00 A-56 - Security of Equipment 

E. Suspension 

Reporting suspension of H40 Battalion Chief Audry Lee for 60 calendar days, July 14 
through September 1 1 , 2000, for violation of the Rules and Regulations as follows: 

Section 3905 Unfamiliarity with Rules 

Section 3921 Inaptitude for Duty/Incompetence 

Section 3922 Acts Detrimental to Welfare of Department 

Section 3923 Disobedience 

Section 3924 Insubordination 

San Francisco Charter, Appendix A 8.400(g) 

General Rules for Establishing and Paying Compensation 

(Note : The above suspension concerns a formal complaint filed by Chief of Department on 
November 9, 1999, against Battalion Chief Audry Lee) 

F. Leave of Absence 

Submitting request for leave of absence with pay for Michael Taylor, Director MIS, for three 
days, December 6 through 10, 2000, in order to attend the National Fire Information Council 
(NFIC) Winter Board and Committee Meeting in Baltimore, Maryland. Transportation and 
lodging will be paid by NFIC. Mr. Taylor will not be replaced. 

G. Accidents (Removed from Consent Calendar) 

Submitting reports and recommendations of the Accident Review Committee regarding the 
following accidents: 

Accident No. Accident Date Serial No. Category Recommendation 

Truck 2 00-1-071 9/15/00 619 A File 

Off: Lt. Larry Henry Drv: FF Joseph Guttman Tlr: FF Christopher Diaz 

Cause: Misjudged clearance (tiller) - While making a right turn, tiller misjudged clearance 
and struck a stopped civilian vehicle 



Medic 14 00-1-072 10/1/00 730 A File 

Drv: FF/PM David Floersch 

Cause: Misjudged clearance - While backing up and attempting to locate patient, Medic 
14 struck a tree branch; no spotters due to emergency conditions 

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Medic 18 00-1-073 10/2/00 739 C File 

Drv: FF/PM Thomas Leeper 

Cause: While backing up to an incident address, Medic 18 struck a civilian auto that had 
stopped too close to Medic 18 



Division 1 00-1-074 10/10/00 408 C File 

Off: T/AC Henry Smith Drv: C/A Lisa Moy 

Cause: While following Eng 13 through an intersection, Div 1 was struck by a civilian 
Vehicle 



Engine 43 00-1-075 10/11/00 583 B 

Off: T/Lt. Raymond Donnelly Drv: FF D Jacobsmeyer 

Cause: Eng 43, while stopped at an incident, was rear ended by a civilian vehicle 



Engine 40 00-1-076 10/15/00 507 B File 

Off: T/Lt. Stephen Sellin Drv: FF Rebeccah Sturtz 

Cause: Misjudged clearance - Due to an illegally parked truck, Eng 40 scraped a civilian 
vehicle while proceeding through a narrow street 



Truck 2 00-1-077 10/15/00 619 A File 

Off: Lt. Larry Henry Drv: FF David Thompson Tlr: FF Aisha Krieger 

Cause: Misjudged clearance - Trk 2, while making a right turn, scraped an illegally parked 
vehicle 



Medic 7 . 00-1-078 10/16/00 734 B Bill 

Drv: F/P Bryan Hendon 

Cause: Medic 7, while responding and proceeding through an intersection with a green 
light, was struck by a civilian vehicle which ran a red light 



Engine 3 00-1-079 10/16/00 530 C File 

Off: T/Lt. Donald Goggin Drv: FF Robert Muniz 

Cause: Eng 3, while responding with red lights and siren, was struck by a civilian vehicle 
that had slowed down through the intersection 



Engine 11 00-1-080 10/21/00 591 A File 

Off: FF Leslie Moy Drv: FF Terry Dailey 

Cause: Misjudged clearance - While responding to an incident and making a right turn, 
Eng 1 1 scraped an illegally parked vehicle 



Medic 36 00-1-081 10/24/00 A File 

Drv: FF/PM Peter Gross 

Cause: Misjudged clearance - Medic 36, while responding to an incident and maneuvering 
through heavy traffic, struck a parked vehicle 

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Category A - An accident which has occurred because of inattention to vehicle operator's and/or officer's 
responsibilities or because of misjudgment of clearance in operating apparatus near stationary objects. 

Category B - An accident in which fire department personnel exercised reasonable judgment and precautions, 
exhibited good apparatus operator's and officer's skills and observed all state, local and fire department 
statutes, ordinances and rules. 

Category C - An accident which has occurred because of apparatus operator's misjudgment of clearance, 
deficiency in defensive driving techniques, or failure to anticipate other vehicle's movements. 

H. Unlitigated Claims 

Submitting report from City Attorney's Office on unlitigated claims for October 2000: 

Name of Claimant Claim Amount Filed/Paid Accident No. /Category '/Unit Date of Accident 

Alan Tan $2,919.34/2,919.34 99-0-191/ (C) /Truck 15 03-09-00 

Maria Maya 1,697.96/1,697.96 99-0-208/ (C) /EMS RC 2 04-08-00 

Kwan Sing Lai 0/ 118.77 99-0-228/ (C) /Engine 36 05-12-00 

Barbara Tomasco 1,967.10/2,467.10 99-0-269/ (A) /Medic 41 04-20-00 

Lang Mar 4,647.93/2,148.84 00-1-002/ (A) /Engine 14 07-03-00 

Martha Piontek 5,191.93/ 523.64 00-1-026/ (C) /Truck 7 07-11-00 

Elisandro Gonzalez 2,025.00/ 674.55 00-1-029/ (A) /Engine 7 08-02-00 

AldoParra 4,000.00/2,354.91 00-1-036/ (B) /ResAmb 32 08-20-00 

Dalton Ward 71.00/ 71.00 Property damage 06-14-00 

Emily Kacherginsky 900.92/ 799.03 Property damage 07-06-00 

Commissioner del Portillo moved and Vice President Nakajo seconded. There were no 
questions or discussion and Items A through H except for G on the Consent Calendar were 
approved or ordered filed as appropriate. 

G. Accidents (Item Removed) 

Commissioner Norman requested further information regarding accidents and their cost to 
the city. She also wished to know when the Emergency Vehicle Operations Course (EVOC) 
training would commence. Acting Chief Paul J. Tabacco responded that a General Order 
asking for volunteers for the program was released in mid-November and will close on 
December 15 th . The program will start shortly after the first of the year. 

Furthermore, Commissioner Norman wished to know if the course would cover "misjudged 
clearance", and if the firefighters or paramedics who have a history of accidents would be 
required to take the course. Chief Tabacco assured Commissioner Norman that it is State- 
level class, which is conducted in Sacramento, and covers all facets of emergency vehicle 
driving including backing up, clearances, accidents and prevention procedures. 

Deputy Chief Joseph Asaro added that the State class is a train-the-trainer course. Once the 
EVOC trainers return from Sacramento, training will commence not only of the individuals 
who have been involved in accidents but all drivers. This training will be part of battalion- 
based training and everyone will be given the opportunity or be required to participate. 

Public Comment 

John Darmanin, member of SFFD's Accident Review Board, was pleased to note that the 
EVOC training will commence soon. He believes it to be a good, proven program that has 
been used by many other fire departments. The training should have an impact on the 
number of accidents thereby reducing injuries to firefighters and reducing costs of apparatus 

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repair. Mr. Darmanin hopes that the individuals trained will be the firefighters who are the 
actual drivers and not just the officers. 

There were no further questions or discussion and the item was unanimously adopted. 



4. REGULAR CALENDAR - NEW BUSINESS 

A. Letters of Commendation 

Submitted six letters commending members of the Department for response to requests for 
assistance, emergencies, or training. 

President Roff directed that these letters be acknowledged and incorporated in the minutes 
of today's meeting. 

B. Special Award 

Presenting award to Toy Program from the American Red Cross by Patti Oliver, Chair, 
Volunteers, American Red Cross, San Francisco County. 

Ms. Patti Oliver, member, and accompanied by Ms. Jolinda Sims, President, Board of 
Directors, American Red Cross, San Francisco, described their partnership with the San 
Francisco Fire Department during times of disasters and, specifically, the new partnership 
developed with the Firefighters Local 798 Toy Program. The Red Cross had approached the 
Toy Program and requested their assistance when children where involved during a fire that 
demolished their home. The Toy Program provided toys which were then packaged into 
special bags and presented to the children at the scene of a fire, providing some small 
comfort during a time that is confusing and upsetting for them. In turn, Red Cross Board 
members wished to reciprocate and now volunteer on the first Saturday in December at the 
Toy Program. 

Ms. Oliver stated that the Red Cross greatly values the relationship with the Toy program 
and hoped that it will continue for a long time. In appreciation, she presented John Voelker, 
Director, Toy Program, with a special award. 

C. Retirement Certificates 

Reporting Award of Honorable Service to the following members: 

Type of Retirement Years of Service Retirement Date 

Captain James R. Edwards, D.O.T. Service 36 Sep. 30, 2000 

Chiefs Aide Leonard E. DeStefano Service 30 Aug. 25, 2000 

Acting Chief of Department Paul J. Tabacco presented a retirement certificate to Captain 
James R. Edwards, Division of Training, for 36 years of service. Assistant Deputy Chief 
Hayes-White added that as Director of Training she has had the good fortune to have 
worked with Captain Edwards and has been impressed with his energy and enthusiasm for 
the job over a 36-year period. Captain Edwards entered the Fire Department in 1964, and 
having seen a lot of change, he has grown with the change. His commitment to training has 
served the Department well and is greatly appreciated by one and all. Captain Edwards 
thanked everyone and stated that they were the 36 best years of his life and wished that he 
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Acting Chief of Department Paul J. Tabacco also presented a retirement certificate to Chiefs 
Aide Leonard DeStefano for 30 years of service. Chiefs Aide DeStefano, in accepting his 
certificate, stated that there had been two important moments in his life - one being when 
he married his wife Georgia, and the other when he joined the Fire Department in 1970. He 
is still proud to have been a member and worked with individuals who made a great 
department recognized throughout the world. 

President Roff wished to recognize Debra Ward, Chief Fiscal Officer, who will be leaving the 
department to accept a position at the Airport. President Roff indicated that he had a great 
deal of appreciation and respect for Ms. Ward and for the exemplary job she did at the Fire 
Department. He wished her all the best in her new endeavors. Chief Tabacco added his and 
the staffs gratitude for the outstanding assistance that she provided. 

Chief Tabacco wished to apprise the Commission of a change in Public Information Officer 
(PIO) for the department. Lieutenant Ed Campbell, who was invaluable to him in the past 
few months, will be leaving his position, at his request, to return to the field. Chief Tabacco 
thanked Lieutenant Campbell for all his help, congratulated him on a job well done and 
wished him the best for the future. Chief Tabacco introduced Captain Pete Howes as the 
new Public Information Officer and looked forward to working with him. He noted that 
Captain Howes brings a fine reputation to the job. 

D. Personal Services Contract 

Submitted for review and approval a modification to the contract of Outtz & Associates for a 
job analysis for H2 Firefighter and development of a validated examination for H2 
Firefighter, including scoring and analysis of test results; for a period of six months, January 
1 , 2002, not to extend beyond September 30, 2002, in the amount of $229,000, for a revised 
amount not to exceed $979,000. 

Commissioner del Portillo moved and Vice President Nakajo seconded. 

Chief Tabacco asked Binnie Singh, SFFD Human Resources Director, to explain the 
contract and respond to Commissioner's questions. Ms. Singh stated that the contract 
before the Commission is a modification of an existing contract with Outtz and Associates, 
experts in testing development, to develop an H2 exam since the H2 list will expire in 2001. 

Commissioner Norman wished to know what exactly the $229,000 covered. Ms. Singh 
responded that it was only for the H2 Firefighter exam. Commissioner Norman asked that if 
the contract were revised to $979,000, what expansion in service would be expected. Ms. 
Singh responded that the current contract covers officer candidate development, including 
an H30 Captain's exam and eight job analyses, and that the only expansion in service would 
be the H2 exam. 

President Roff explained that Dr. James Outtz, principal of Outtz and Associates, is 
someone with whom the Fire Department has had contractual relations in the past and who 
had previously assisted with testing and assuring openness and diversity in the department. 

Ms. Singh asked Dave Johnson, Senior Personnel Analyst, SFFD Exam Unit, to review the 
contract. Mr. Johnson stated that the original contract entered into with Dr. Outtz was in 
1998. It was for developing and conducting an H2 Firefighter Cadet Program, as well as for 
an Officer Candidate Program, an H30 exam and job analyses for eight different ranks. The 
modification to the contract before the Commission is to include another administration of an 
exam for H2 Firefighter. Mr. Johnson explained that Dr. Outtz, in the development of the 
original Cadet Program, performed a criteria-related validity study and also validated a 



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number of selection instruments. The department proposes to use these instruments and 
thereby save considerable development costs. Dr. Outtz proposes a $20 charge per every 
candidate who will be taking the exam. The department is budgeting for 11,000 candidates 
based on the consent decree history, number of applications received and that there is no 
longer a residency requirement. Mr. Johnson added that the general cost of holding an 
entry-level Firefighter exam would be between $180,000 and $260,000. In the past, 
consultants have been paid approximately $140,000 to develop the test, including video- 
based simulations and the job analysis, and $120,000 to administer the test. He added that 
the new criteria established by Dr. Outtz eliminates the simulations and saves the 
department considerable costs. 

Public Comment 

John Darmanin wished to know if the Commission had received a videotape, from a union 
representative, of a job-testing program that was developed in conjunction with the federal 
government and the International Firefighters Union. This tape showed the national 
procedures developed to test physical abilities of prospective candidates. Mr. Darmanin 
asked if this is something that will considered in the latest endeavor to establish an H2 
Firefighter exam. The national procedure has been proven to be fair and job-based in terms 
of the different scenarios presented. Mr. Darmanin stated that as a firefighter and union 
member he would like an answer to this question. 

Chief Tabacco responded that several employee groups have indicated their interest in this 
program and that he had invited all the representatives from the different employee groups 
to a presentation of the program on November 28 th . Mr. Darmanin asked if he could attend 
as a private citizen. Chief Tabacco indicated no objection to this. 

There were no further questions or discussion and the modification to the contract was 
approved on recommendation of Chief of Department. 

E. Suspension Appeal Hearing 

In accord with Section 4001 of the Rules and Regulations, reporting that H3 
Firefighter/Paramedic Andrew Baron, Medic 35, has appealed his two-day suspension for 
November 5 and 6, 2000. Firefighter/Paramedic Baron was suspended for violating G.O. 00 
A-56 (Security of Equipment), as posted on the agenda of 1 1-09-00. 

The above hearing is scheduled for December 14, 2000, at 4:00 p.m. 

F. Communications Received by Commission 

Two communications were received by the Commission from November 3, 2000 through 
November 14, 2000. 

G. Public Comment 

John Darmanin wished to comment on two separate topics. First, he acknowledged John 
Volker, Director of the Toy Program for the past ten years, and noted what a difficult job it 
was especially September through December. It is a voluntary position supported by the 
department and Local 798. Mr. Darmanin believed that more recognition for the program 
should be forthcoming and it should be promoted throughout the community. Secondly, Mr. 
Darmanin wished to acknowledge Captain Russ Edwards and Operator DeStefano, with 
both of whom he had the pleasure to work. Mr. Darmanin noted that Captain Edwards had 
invaluable experience, which will not be replaceable, and he will be sorely missed. 

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Pete Ashen, former Red Cross Disaster Director and current editor of the St. Francis Hook 
and Ladder newsletter, wished to point out that the three posters he had on display in the 
Commission room would make excellent Christmas presents. The first is a unique 54" 
panoramic photo of San Francisco on April 18 th right before the 1906 earthquake. The 
second is a full color poster of the historic firehouses of San Francisco. The third item is an 
1850 membership certificate in the St. Francis Hook and Ladder. Mr. Ashen pointed out that 
at that time the department consisted of 350 volunteers, and the city rigs, hand-pumpers 
and hose carts were pulled by firefighters themselves to the scene. Mr. Ashen distributed 
the newly published newsletter to the Commissioners and invited the public to take a copy. 
The newsletter is published quarterly by St. Francis Hook and Ladder Society with the intent 
of maintaining the history of the San Francisco Fire Service. Mr. Ashen added that in 2006, 
the San Francisco Airport Museum will commemorate the 100 th anniversary of the 1906 
earthquake with an appropriate exhibit using pieces from the San Francisco Fire Museum. 

Commissioner Norman requested an update on old Station 21, on Oak and Broderick, which 
was being used as a gym. Assistant Deputy Chief Gary Massetani responded that funding 
had been set aside to renovate the exterior. The Department of Public Works' Bureau of 
Architecture is finalizing the specification so that the building can match the standards of the 
neighborhood. 

Commissioner Nakajo expressed his gratitude to the Red Cross and to the Toy Program for 
the services they render through their programs. He recalled, when he was 13 years old, 
how comforting the presence of the Red Cross had been to him and his mother when his 
family had been a victim of a four alarm fire. 

H. Adjournment 

There being no further business to come before the Commission, the meeting was 
adjourned at 6:50 p.m. 



Tania Bauer 
Secretary 



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First Baptist Church 

International Christian School 

22 Waller Street, San Francisco, CA 94 1 02 

(415)863-1691 

Fax:(415)863-0788 



Principal 
Glen Morris 



October 25, 2000 

San Francisco Fire Department 
Attention: Fire Department Chief 
698 2nd Street, Room 104 
San Francisco, CA 94107 

Dear Chief, 

I am writing to thank you for having a Public Education department so that Inspector 
Kaan Y. Chin could come to our school and talk to my class of Kindergartners about 
fire safety. I really appreciate having someone from the fire department come to my 
classroom. Though some children have heard sirens and sometimes have seen fire 
trucks, not many have met a firefighter. Hearing about fire safety from a real 
firefighter made such a great impression on my students. They were very interested in 
learning about the protective gear firefighters wear and also how smoke detectors at 
home help us be safe. 

Inspector Chin's informative presentation and the brochures he left to send home with 
my students will certainly help keep fire safety in their minds for a long time and 
hopefully in their actions as well. Thank you again for this valuable resource. 

Sincerely, 

Kathryn Woodcock 
Kindergarten Teacher 



November 9, 2000 



Honorable Willie H. Brown 

Mayor, City of San Francisco 

Suite 200 

400 Van Ness Ave. 

San Francisco, Ca. 94102 

Dear Mayor Brown 

On Sunday, November 5, I suffered a rapid heart beat, and my husband 
called 911. Within 5 minutes the Para-Medics arrived. They 
immediately began first aid, wrote down the proper information, and 
were professional, caring, and made me as comfortable as possible in 
transporting me to Kaiser Hospital's Emergency Room. 

Brock Wells and his team gave the ER staff a rapid and complete 
review of my situation, and placed me in a room, making sure that I 
was comfortable before departing. 

My husband and I are grateful for the professional service provided 
by Brock and his team. I hope that the City and County of San 
Francisco, will recognize these men (I am sure they treat everyone 
in the same manner), and continue to support their work financially 
and with the proper equipment. 



Sincerely yours, 

(Mrs) Rogene K. Radner 
405 Davis Ct. Apt. #703 
San Francsico,Ca. 94111 



cc: Acting Chief Paul Tabacco 
c/o 698 2nd St. 
San Francisco, Ca. 94111 

PM Brock Wells 

c/o Station 28 

1814 Stockton St. 

San Francisco, CA. 94133 



¥ SI m R W it * 

Ping Yuen Residents Improvement Association 

799 Pacific Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94133-441 1 
Phone:(415)781-2860 



Chief Robert Demmons 

San Francisco Fire Department 

San Francisco, C A 94197 

November 9, 2000 
698 Second Street 

Dear Chief Demmons: 

The Asian Firefighters Association did it again! Their members 
threw a Halloween Party for our children! We would like to 
commend on the following firefighters who have made it a 
memorable time for our young residents: 

Mr. Paul Chin (Always there for our community!) 

Ms. Patricia Yuen (Outstanding leadership!) 

Ms. Carol Conley-Bodin 

Mr. Ramon Chea 

Mr. Marifi Esteves 

Mr. Doug Manguiat 

Mr. Emmon Lew 

Ms. Morgan Lee 

Mr. Greg Owyang 

Mr. James Onoe 

Ms. Mary Tse 

Mr. Vincent Wong 

Mr. Ricky Yee 

Mr. Daisy Yu 

The Fire Department is always ready to respond to our calls... 
including sharing your talents and having a good time with us! 

Thank you and wish you all a fantastic holiday season! 

Sincerely yours, 

Chang Jok Lee 
President 




City and County of San Francisco Mayor's Office of Emergency Services 

Willie Lewis Brown, Jr. 
Mayor 

Lucien G. Canton 
Director 
November 2, 2000 

Ms. Patricia Yuen 

NERT Coordinator 

San Francisco Fire Department 

698 Second Street 

San Francisco C A 94107-2015 

Dear Patty: 

We did it again! Our second annual public Disaster Preparedness Fair at the 
Marina Green in conjunction with Fleet Week was by all accounts a big success. 
A hearty thanks to you and all your volunteers who invested time and energy to 
make the weekend possible. You never seize to amaze me with your energy, 
commitment, and passion for getting the word out about NERT. You are also such 
an inspiration in how you work with and manage volunteers. Our community is 
very fortunate to have you as the SFFD NERT Coordinator. 

At the debrief/hotwash of the October 2000 events on Thursday, October 19 th , the 
consensus was to participate again next year with Fleet Week. So mark your 
calendar now for the weekend of October 6 & 7, 200 1 . 

Our mission in disaster preparedness is vital to our community and no one agency 
can do the job alone. Working together and showing the public our unity is 
essential - thank you for your partnership. Together we can and do make a 
difference! 

Sincerely, 




JoAnn Scordino 

Community Disaster Preparedness Coordinator 

cc: Chief Paul Tabacco 
1 01 1 Turk Street San Francisco, California 941 02 Phone (41 5) 558-2700 Fax (41 5) 431 -7500 



Acting Chief Paul J. Tobacco 
San Francisco Fire Department 
698 2 nd Street 
San Francisco, CA 94107 

November 14,2000, 
Subject: Thank you 

Dear Chief Tobacco, 

This is a long-overdue thank you for the work of Meibeck Chung and four of her 
colleagues for their part in making the kindergarten field day so successful for the 
children at Argonne Elementary on October 7. Thanks, too, to Lt. Juarez for 
managing the logistics of their participation. Meibeck did a terrific job on imparting 
important information while keeping 60 five-year- olds thoroughly engaged. I'm sorry 
to say I didn't get the station number for the four male firefighters who 
participated as well, but they were each extremely nice to the children. Overall, I 
and the other parents were very impressed with the degree of enthusiasm with which 
the department responds to requests such qs ours. Thank you, thank you. In case you 
ever needed anyone to attest to the usefulness of such outreach efforts, both in 
generating good will and, more importantly, m giving important safety information to 
children, please feel free to keep my name on file. 

Respectfully, 

Joy Zimmerman 
1230-45 th Avenue 
San Francisco, CA 94122 
Work: 415-615-3104 



RECD -S.F.F.O. 
00 OCT 26 PH 3:52 

OFFICE OF CHIEF 










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SAN FRANCISCO W FIRE COMMISSION 

^ MINUTES OF THE FIRE COMMISSION 

Special Meeting, Thursday, December 7, 2000 - 1:00 p.m. 

698 Second Street, Room 221, San Francisco, CA 94107 



DOCUMENTS DEPT, 



Item 
No 

1. On ROLL CALL, the following were present: J\JU ) 2 2GC1 

President Hadley R. Roff SAN FRANPiqrn 

Vice President Stephen A. Nakajo p, JR( ,^? d 

Commissioner Russell S. Roeca ublic LIBRARY 

Commissioner Pat Norman 

Commissioner Carlota del Portillo 

Acting Chief of Department Paul J. Tabacco 

Also present: Jill Sprague, Deputy City Attorney, Counsel for the Fire Department 
Margaret Baumgartner, Deputy City Attorney, Counsel for the Fire 
Commission 

Thomas Norman, Counsel for Horacio Candia 
Horacio Candia 

2. FORMAL HEARING AND CONTINUED COMMISSION DELIBERATIONS ON A FORMAL 
COMPLAINT FILED BY CHIEF OF DEPARTMENT AGAINST HORACIO CANDIA 

(Continued from Meetings of 5/25/00, 6/8/00, 7/13/00, 9/13/00, 9/14/00, 9/22/00, 9/29/00, 
11/1 6/00 and 11/21/00). 

Formal hearing concerning the formal complaint filed by Robert L. Demmons, Chief of 
Department, against Chiefs Aide Horacio Candia, dated May 16, 2000, for violation of the 
Rules and Regulations as follows: 

Section 3912 - Intoxicants/Drugs 

Substance Policy - Employee Refusal for Drug Test 

Any refusal to be tested will be considered an admission to the use of an 
illegal/controlled substance and/or being under the influence or consuming 
alcohol on duty. Upon refusal the member will be immediately suspended or 
recommended for termination. 

This portion of the meeting may be held in Closed Session pursuant to Government Code 
Section 54957. 

1. There was no public comment pertaining to the closed session. The Commission 
went into closed session 1:10 p.m. 



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2 The Commission reconvened in open session at 2:40 p.m. 

a. Commissioner Roeca moved not to report any action taken and Commissioner 
del Portillo seconded. The motion was unanimously approved. 

b. Commissioner Roeca moved not to disclose any discussion held during closed 
session and Commissioner Norman seconded. The motion was unanimously 
approved. 

President Roff stated that the Commission had been advised that the Department 
and Chief's Aide Horacio Candia were engaged in negotiations. The Commission 
has put aside its deliberations and will resume them when an agreement has been 
reached. 

The Commission requests that the parties contact the Secretary by 5:00 p.m., 
December 12, 2000, and advise her of the status of negotiations, that is, whether 
they are progressing, stalled or agreement has been reached. At that time, the 
Commission will reconvene and continue its deliberations. 

3. PUBLIC COMMENT 

There was no public comment. 

4. ADJOURNMENT 

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 5:05 p.m. 



Tania Bauer, Secretary 



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Hadley Roff, President 
Stephen Nakajo, Vice President 
Carlota del Portillo, Commissioner 
Pat Norman, Commissioner 
Russell Roeca, Commissioner 



.FIRE COMMISSION 

City and County of San Francisco 




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INUTES OF THE FIRE COMMISSION 



698 Second Street 

San Francisco CA 94107 

Telephone 415.558.3451 

Fax 415.558.3413 

Tania Bauer, Secretary 



No. 00-45 



Regular Meeting - Thursday -pecember 14, 2000 - 6:00 p.m 



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698 Second Street, Room 102 



Item 
No. 

1. ON ROLL CALL, the following were noted present: 

President Hadley R. Roff 
Vice President Stephen A. Nakajo 
Commissioner Carlota del Portillo 
Commissioner Pat Norman 

Commissioner Russell S. Roeca was excused for business reasons. 



Paul J. Tabacco 
Joseph C. Asaro 



- Acting Chief of Department 

- Deputy Chief, Administration 



Assistant Deputy Chiefs - Staff : 

Khairul A. AN - Management Services 



Joanne Hayes-White 
Daniel A. Sullivan 
Gary P. Massetani 



Division of Training 
Support Services 
Fire Prevention 



Chief Officers - Firefiqhtinq Services : 



George W. Maloney 
James R. Cavellini 
Lorrie A. Kalos 



- Division 1 (Acting) 

- Division 2 

- Division 3 



DOCUMENTS DEPT. 

JAN - 8 2001 

SAN FRANCISCO 
PUBLIC LIBRARY 



2. APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES 

Special Meetings of November 21 , 2000 (6:00 p.m.), and November 21 , 2000 (5:00 p.m.) 

Commissioner Norman moved and Commissioner del Portillo seconded. There were no 
questions or discussion and the minutes were approved as presented. 

3. CONSENT CALENDAR 

All matters listed hereunder (Items A through F) constitute a Consent Calendar, were 
considered to be routine by the Fire Commission, and were acted upon by a single roll-call 
vote of the Commission. 



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December 14, 2000 Regular Meeting 

Page 2 of 10 

A. Monthly Reports 

Division of Training 

Submitting monthly report from Division of Training concerning activities performed during 
November 2000. 

Physician's Reports 

Submitting biweekly reports of Fire Department Physician concerning disability injuries, 
October 14 through October 27, 2000, October 28 through November 10, 2000, and 
November 1 1 through November 24, 2000. 

B. Appointments 

Reporting the following PROBATIONARY appointments effective NOVEMBER 27, 2000: 
H3 Firefighter/Paramedic 



Craig Johnson 
Gabriel Lopez 
Marc Pearson 
Jon Sargent 
Christopher Heuerman 
Leonard Caulder 
Richard Gering 
John Hoecker 
Michael Hastey 
Darren Brannan 
Kjell Harshman 
Erik Brown 
Peter Migale 
Jason Simmons 
Stephen Marcotte 
Donald Barrick 
Gerald Mansur, Jr. 
Philip Benson 
Timothy McHale 
Bruce Fine 
Carlos Harvey 
Dennis Gallagher 
Jared Kunkel 
Damon O'Brien 



Charles Baird 
Eric White 
Kenneth Dunn 
Neil Hopper 
Michael Haug 
Michael Fucciolo 
David Zwyer 
Daniel Peters 
Scott Sandine 
Brent Marks 
Ryan Crean 
Dominic Ottoboni 
James Selover 
Steven Strong 
Michael Ferrara 
Robert Miller 
Art Ruiz 

Charles Hardiman 
Michael Moynihan 
Matthew Schwartz 
Timothy Tiernan 
Scott Stein 
Jeffrey Higgins 
Gregory Stangland 



(Note: The above 48 H3 Firefighter/Paramedics are appointed vice Attrition Savings) 



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Page 3 of 10 

Reporting the following PROBATIONARY appointments effective NOVEMBER 27, 2000: 

H2 Firefighter 

Chris Benz Derio Dito 

Gregory McFarland Kristen Conroy 

Geary Horikiri Daniel Dunnigan 

Donna Loeffler Mary Kucel 

Adrienne Sims Bernard Lantin 

Melody Sams Edwin Ramos 

Rexie Megia Raymond Chavez 

Lori Clethen Ronald Caditan 

Mario Flaviani Alvin Lau 

Manuel Dacalanio Seam Zamb 

Joseph Beam Anton Shelton 

Matthew Egan Brook Baker 

(Note : The above 24 H2 Firefighters are appointed vice Attrition Savings) 

Reporting the following PERMANENT EXEMPT appointment effective NOVEMBER 27, 2000: 
1374 Special Assistant XV 

Christine T. Ragan (vice: Debra Ward, resigned) 

Reporting the following PERMANENT appointment effective NOVEMBER 29, 2000 
1446 Secretary II 
Cecile Soliai 

Reporting the following PERMANENT appointment effective DECEMBER 5, 2000: 
1446 Secretary II 
Maria Mersai-Press 

Reporting the following REINSTATEMENT effective NOVEMBER 20, 2000: 
H2 Firefighter 

Joshua Wilson (vice: H3 req. tx'd to H2) 

Reinstatement 

Reporting that the following two H1 Fire Rescue Paramedics: 

Irene Ager and Steven Ager 

have been reinstated to their permanent position as 2532 Paramedic, effective November 
29, 2000. 

Temporary Appointments 

Reporting having made 230 temporary appointments October 28 through November 10, 
2000, and 251 temporary appointments November 11 through November 24, 2000. 



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Page 4 of 10 



C. Retirements 



Communications received from Retirement Board indicating the following members have 
retired: 



Name 


Rank 


Type 


Retirement Date 


Strange, John B. 


H20 Lieutenant 


Service 


Nov. 21,2000 


Jones, Albert P. Jr. 


H2 Firefighter 


Service 


Nov. 11,2000 


Lesca, Charles G. 


H2 Firefighter 


Service 


Nov. 17,2000 


Venturi, Leonard J. 


H2 Firefighter 


Service 


Nov. 25, 2000 



(Retirement Certificates will be presented at Fire Commission meeting of January 25, 2000) 

D. Military Leaves 

Submitting for approval applications from two members for Military Leaves of Absence with 
pay, in order to comply with Military Orders received from their commanding officers: 



Name 



Rank 



Dates 



Days Military Organization 



Purpose 



Gadbois, Christian 
Sgt. 

Varona, Wilfredo 
TSGT 



H3 FF/PM 



H2FF 



11-30-00 thru 
12-05-00 

11-25-00 thru 
11-30-00 



US Army Res. 
Ft. Lewis, WA 



Attend Active 
Duty Training 



US Air Force Res. Attend Active 
Travis AFB, CA Duty Training 



E. Resignation 

Submitting resignation of the following: 

H1 Fire Rescue Paramedic Tay Carpenter, effective close of business December 4, 2000. 
(Resigned with satisfactory services. Transferred from DPH 07-01-97.) 

1374 Special Assistant XV Debra Ward, effective close of business November 24, 2000. 
(Resigned in order to accept Permanent 1375 position at the Airport. Approximate length of 
service - two years.) 

1426 Senior Clerk Typist Annie Nguy, effective close of business November 24, 2000. 
(Resigned in order to accept Permanent 1446 position at the Library. Started work 
06-26-00.) 

F. Accidents 

Submitting reports and recommendations of the Accident Review Committee regarding the 
following accidents: 



Accident No. Accident Date Serial No. Category 



Recommendation 



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B 



Battalion 5 00-1-082 10/8/00 

Off: B/C Kirk Richardson Drv: C/A Erick Martinez 

Cause: Batt 5 vehicle was rear ended while stopped at an intersection 



Bill 



BFP 00-1-083 10/11/00 021 B 

Drv: FSI II Glenn Alston 

Cause: Civilian vehicle, while swerving to avoid another vehicle, struck BFP vehicle 



File 



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Engine 28 00-1-084 10/23/00 597 A File 

Off Capt Ronald Rodriguez Drv: PX Harry Yee 

Cause Misjudged clearance - PX driver struck mirror of Medic 41 while backing up 



Engine 6 00-1-085 10/24/00 564 B File 

Off T/Lt Paul Crawford Drv: FF Dennis Tracy 

Cause: School bus struck door of Eng 6 which was parked at an incident 



Truck 7 00-1-086 10/24/00 605 A File 

Off: T/Lt David Saitz Drv: FF Ernest Grays Tlr: FF Stephen Mcpartlan 

Cause: Misjudged clearance - While backing into quarters, tiller operator struck door frame 



ResAmb38 00-1-087 10/24/00 716 A File 

Drv: FF Delainya Salstrand 

Cause: Misjudged clearance - While pulling onto the curb in front of the location, RA 38 
struck a store awning 



Rescue 1 00-1-088 10/25/00 586 B File 

Off: T/Lt. Ronny Tsujimoto Drv: FF James Draper 

Cause: While proceeding to an incident, Res 1 took evasive action and struck a signal 
light pole 



ResAmb13 00-1-089 10/26/00 714 C File 

Drv: FF Annette Hobrucker 

Cause: ResAmb 13 was unable to stop in time due to wet pavement and struck a civilian 
vehicle in the intersection 



EMSRC3 00-1-090 10/26/00 918 A File 

Off: T/PM Capt. Kevin Chocker 

Cause: Backing up - EMS RC 3 backed into a parked police car while exiting from a 
parking space 



Engine 3 00-1-091 10/26/00 530 A File 

Off: T/Lt. Francis Kelly Drv: FF Eric Tanimura 

Cause: Misjudged clearance - Eng 3, while backing into quarters, backed into Trk 3; 
spotters were posted but not properly positioned 



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Medic 3 00-1-092 10/27/00 735 A File 

Drv: FF/PM Dan Martino 

Cause: Misjudged clearance - Medic 3, while backing into Station 3, struck air chuck unit 
on wall of station. 



Medic 5 00-1-093 10/27/00 737 A File 

Drv: FF Michael Beere 

Cause: Misjudged clearance - While turning into hospital emergency entrance, Medic 5 
struck a parked vehicle 



ResAmb13 00-1-094 10/27/00 714 B Bill 

Drv: FF Teresa Juergens 

Cause: ResAmb 13, while proceeding through an intersection against a red light, was 
struck by a delivery truck 



Engine 39 00-1-095 10/27/00 592 B File 

Off: Lt. David Dryden Drv: FF Alan Harvey 

Cause: While parked at an incident, Eng 39 was lightly struck by a civilian vehicle 



Engine 39 00-1-096 10/29/00 592 A File 

Off: Lt. Leslie Steinhoff Drv: FF Edgar Covarrubias 

Cause: Misjudged clearance - Eng 39 lightly grazed side of civilian vehicle due to 
narrowness of street 



Engine 14 00-1-097 10/29/00 528 A File 

Off: Lt. John Hanley Drv: FF George Nonomura 

Cause: Misjudged clearance - Eng 14, struck the mirror of a parked civilian vehicle 



Rescue 1 00-1-098 10/31/00 869 A File 

Off: Lt. Patrick Gardner Drv: FF Britton Smith 

Cause: Misjudged clearance - While travelling down a narrow alley and attempting to avoid 
a tar pot, Res 1 struck a parked vehicle 



Truck 18 00-1-099 11/1/00 615 A File 

Off: Lt. Walter Batiste Drv: PX Kendrick Low Tlr: PX OJ Leonardo 

Cause: During training operation in Hunters Point Shipyard, tiller operator oversteered 
apparatus and struck a pole 



Engine 2 00-1-100 11/3/00 529 C File 

Off: Lt. Edward Moy Drv: FF Eugene Murphy 

Cause: Misjudged clearance - While responding to an incident, Eng 2 scraped the rear of a 
mini van in narrow street 

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Engine 44 00-1-101 11/4/00 506 B File 

Off Lt Thomas Abbott Drv: FF Daniel Garibaldi 

Cause Failure to yield - While responding with red lights and siren, Eng 44 was struck by 

a civilian vehicle which failed to heed right of way 

Category A - An accident which has occurred because of inattention to vehicle operator's and/or officer's 
responsibilities or because of misjudgment of clearance in operating apparatus near stationary objects. 

Category B - An accident in which fire department personnel exercised reasonable judgment and precautions, 
exhibited good apparatus operator's and officer's skills and observed all state, local and fire department 
statutes, ordinances and rules. 

Category C -. An accident which has occurred because of apparatus operator's misjudgment of clearance, 
deficiency in defensive dhving techniques, or failure to anticipate other vehicle's movements. 

Commissioner del Portillo moved and Commissioner Norman seconded. There were no 
questions or discussion and Items A through F on the Consent Calendar were approved or 
ordered filed as appropriate. 



4. REGULAR CALENDAR -NEW BUSINESS 

A. Letters of Commendation 

Submitted eight letters commending members of the Department for response to requests 
for assistance, emergencies, or training. 

President Roff directed that these letters be acknowledged and incorporated in the minutes 
of today's meeting. 

B. Chief of Department's Monthly Report 

Submitted monthly report from Chief of Department on monthly status of department 
personnel, equipment and apparatus for November 2000. 

Commissioner del Portillo moved and Commissioner Norman seconded. 

Chief Tabacco informed the Commission that he had transmitted a draft for their review of 
the updated Career Track System. Additionally, he apprised the Commission of an open 
house held at Treasure Island on December 5, 2000, coordinated by Assistant Deputy Chief 
Joanne Hayes-White, for state-wide training officers to view the training facility. 

Chief Tabacco welcomed Christine Ragan, the Budget Analyst, to the Fire Department. Ms. 
Ragan has replaced Debra Ward, who had accepted a position at the Airport. He noted that 
Ms. Ragan was already deeply involved in the current budget process. 

In closing, Chief Tabacco related to the Commission that a recruitment plan was being 
developed for the upcoming entrance examination and a draft will be available for their 
review in early January. Chief Tabacco requested that Binnie Singh, SFFD Human 
Resources Director, respond to the Commissioner's questions regarding length of the 
recruitment period and size of applicant pool. 

Ms. Singh wished to provide some background information on recruitment and the consent 
decree. She noted that under the consent decree a residency requirement was allowed, and 
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would make the list. Without the residency requirement, Ms. Singh believes that there will be 
approximately 20,000 applicants from across the state and the nation. The Department is 
currently reviewing the best method of recruiting while working within the constraints of Prop 
209. Since the recent State Supreme Court decision supporting Prop 209 in the San Jose 
case, the Department has worked carefully in this area, with advice from the City Attorney's 
Office, in order to enlist as many people as possible without violating any laws. Ms. Singh 
stated that the Department's employee organizations are already assisting in this matter. In 
closing, Ms. Singh related that historically the Department has widely advertised in 
community newspapers and worked with community groups throughout the city. 
Commissioner del Portillo requested that she be apprised of the status of these various 
efforts. 

Commissioner Norman wished for a clarification of the involvement of the employee groups. 
Ms. Singh related that the groups would be assuming some of the responsibility for reaching 
out and recruiting individuals from specific communities. She noted that the Department may 
target bilingual skills and focus on recruiting EMT's and Paramedics and still remain in 
compliance with Prop 209. Furthermore, the use of a Department produced video provides 
answers to many questions that interested individuals have regarding the actual work and 
the experience of living in a firehouse. Commissioner Norman noted that she has seen little 
or no recruiting effort directed to the Native American population of the Bay Area. Ms. Singh 
stated that she would take this into account. 

Commissioner Nakajo recalled the successful recruiting drive in the Japanese American 
community staged at the Japanese Community Cultural Center that drew 200 people, 
encompassing a wide gamut of diversity. He believed that working together with employee 
organizations, officers from the department and Commissioners in their respective 
communities was an effective way to get the message out. 

Commissioner del Portillo noted that Prop 209 need not be an obstacle in San Francisco 
since currently 89% of the children enrolled in the public schools are children of color. This 
diversity is also reflected at City College and San Francisco State, and even at the 
University of San Francisco, a private school. She believes that the Department must get 
the message out convincing individuals that it is lucrative and prestigious to be a firefighter 
while adding to the common good. Commissioner del Portillo did not believe that Prop 209 
will be a challenge since the Department wants the best, who must still pass their tests, 
regardless of color or creed. 

Commissioner Norman wished a clarification of the non-residency requirement. John 
Cooper, Deputy City Attorney, responded that the California Constitution prohibits 
geographic residence requirements for government jobs. Case law indicates only a few 
cases where a residence restriction was allowed to stand. San Leandro has such a 
restriction and all existing firefighters are required to live within that area. Mr. Cooper stated 
that there are numerous issues involved in a residence requirement; instituting one could 
proof of little benefit to San Francisco, when, for instance, 35 new recruits were required to 
live in San Francisco and a large per cent of the experienced workforce was found to be 
living far outside the city. In closing, Mr. Cooper noted that some mileage restrictions have 
been upheld by the courts in a few cases, but only the Board of Supervisors could put such 
restrictions in place. Mr. Cooper will further investigate this issue. 

There were no further questions or discussion and the monthly report of Chief of 
Department was approved. 



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C. Suspension Appeal Hearing 



In accord with Section 4001 of the Rules and Regulations, reporting that H2 Firefighter 
Manuel Alvarenga, Truck 14, has appealed his six work days suspension for the period 
November 18/19, 21/22, and 24/25, 2000. Firefighter Alvarenga was suspended for 
violating the Rules and Regulations as posted on the agenda of 1 1-09-00, as follows: 

Section 3905 - Unfamiliarity with Rules 

Section 3201 - Conforming 

Section 3204 - Uniform Off Duty 

Section 1402 - Rules and Regulations, Orders 

Section 3907 - Unauthorized Use of Authority of Uniform 

Section 3922 - Acts Detrimental to Welfare of Department 

The above hearing is scheduled for January 1 1 , 2000, at 4:00 p.m. 

D. Suspension Appeal Hearing 

In accord with Section 4001 of the Rules and Regulations, reporting that H1 Fire/Rescue 
Paramedic Susan Berry, Medic 15, has appealed her six work days suspension for the 
period November 18/19, 21/22, and 24/25, 2000. Paramedic Berry was suspended for 
violating the Rules and Regulations as posted on the agenda of 1 1-09-00, as follows: 

Section 3938 - Storage of Vehicles and Equipment on Department Premises 
Section 3941 - Loss of Damage of Tools and Equipment 
Section 3905 - Unfamiliarity with Rules 
Section 2815 - Care and Maintenance 
GO. 00 A-56 - Security of Equipment 

The above hearing is scheduled for January 11, 2000, at 5:00 p.m. 

E. Suspension Appeal Hearing 

In accord with Section 4001 of the Rules and Regulations, reporting that H3 
Firefighter/Paramedic James App, Medic 3, has appealed his two-day suspension for 
November 5 and 6, 2000. Firefighter/Paramedic App was suspended for violating Section 
3002 of the Rules and Regulations (Inspection after Roll Call), as posted on the agenda of 
11-09-00. 

The above hearing is scheduled for January 25, 2000, at 4:00 p.m.; but was part of a pre- 
hearing conference held today at 4:00 p.m. 

F. Communications Received by Commission 

Three communications were received by the Commission from November 15, 2000 through 
December 7, 2000. 



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G. Public Comment 



President Roff announced that with a new year approaching, the Commission is planning to 
draft an Annual Statement of Purpose, which is required by the Charter and which sets forth 
the goals and objectives for the Department. The Statement will be presented and 
discussed at the Commission's regular meeting on January 25 th . In closing, President Roff 
wished everyone very happy holidays. 

H. Adjournment 

There being no further business to come before the Commission, the meeting was 
adjourned at 7:10 p.m. 



Tania Bauer 
Secretary 



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St. Gabriel Church 



2559 40th \\oihic • San Francisco, CA 941 16 • (41 5) 73 1 -6161 



November 27, 2000 



Honorable Fire Commission 
San Francisco Fire Department 
698 - 2nd Street 
San Francisco, CA 94107-2015 



I write to express deep thanks for a job well done at St. Gabriel's 
Church on Saturday, November 11, 2000. We experienced a serious 
water overflow problem in the sacristy and basement areas of the Church. 
Truck 18 responded to our call for help. They removed all water in a very 
short time. Without their assistance I do not know how we could have 
gone about cleaning up the areas of the Church that were flooded. I was 
most impressed by their care, concern for Church property and so efficient 
work. 

On behalf of the St. Gabriel's Church community I thank the San 
Francisco Fire Department for all the help given. In particular I thank 
those on Truck 18 from the Firestation on 32nd Avenue that day, T/CT 
Raymond Donnelly, John Skance, John Walters, Robert Schaadt and 
Arnold Choy. May they and all who serve the community through the San 
Francisco Fire Department enjoy many blessings in this holiday season. 



Sincerely, 




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Fr. John Ryan 
Pastor 



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CONTINUING THE JAPANESE TRADITION 
OF CARE AND SUPPORT FOR SENIORS 



November 28, 2000 



Acting Chief Paul J. Tabacco 
San Francisco Fire Department 
698 Second Street 
San Francisco, CA 94107 

Dear Acting Chief Tabacco: 

Kimochi, Inc. thrives on the tremendous support we receive from our community. 
On Friday, November 24 th , members of the S.F.F.D. graciously donated their 
time to help our senior lunch program. Here's a list of volunteers: 

• John Choy 

• Mary Tse 

• Will Yeung 

• Patricia Yuen 

Please accept our heartfelt thanks for your continued support of our agency and 
best wishes for a joyous holiday season! 



Sincerely, 




U <L 



Steve Nakajo, M.S.W. 
Executive Director 




Kimochi, Inc. 

1715 Buchanan Street 

San Francisco. CA 9-1] 15 

' Administration 
(415) 931-2294 
Fax (415)931-2299 

•Sm ici Central 
(415) 567-3900 

•Social Service 
(415) 931-2275 

• Transportation 

(415) 931-2275 

'In-Home Sufrpi r fii\ S ■ : 

(415) 931-21 ~^ 



Kimochi I lomc 
3 531 Sutter Street 
San Francisco. CA ; ' 
(415) 922-9972 
Fax (415) 922-6823 

•Adult Social Day Care 

'Residential Care 



Kimochi Senior Center 
1840 Sutter Street 
Issei Memorial Hall 
San Francisco, CA 94115 
(415)931-2287 

•Nutrition 

'Home Delivered Meals 

Seuor Ctnt< i Acti'. i'il\ 



Kimochi Lounge 

1581 Webster Street #202 

San Francisco, CA 94115 
(415) 563-5626 



• Vohmteei Services 



ADVANCE PLEATING & BUTTON CO. 

Designers & Creators oj Textile Trimmings 



November 15, 2000 

Chief of Department 

San Francisco Fire Commission 

698 Second Street 

San Francisco, California 94107 



Dear Sir: 

On Sunday, November 12, 2000, at approximately 
5:00 p.m. , I needed the services of an ambulance for 
transport to the University of California San Francisco 
Medical Center on Parnassus Street. 

Paramedics Virginia Dudley and Kyle Merkins of 
Medic Unit 14 were dispatched to my home. I would like 
to commend these two fine paramedics for the skillful, 
courteous, and compassionate way in which they handled 
my interim medical care . 

Please extend my gratitude and heartfelt 
appreciation to these wonderful professionals for the 
excellent care they are providing to the citizens of San 
Francisco . 



Sincerely, 
Theodore Cruz 




750 FLORIDA STREET • S A N F R ANC ISCO , CA 941 1 • PHONE 648-31 1 1 



SAINT ANNE'S HOME 
LITTLE SISTERS OF THE POOR 

300 LAKE STREET 

SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94118-1357 

Telephone 415-831-0941 Beeper 415-607-8562 FAX 415-751-1423 



November 27, 2000 



Dear Chief Tobacco, 

Just short note to thank the crew of the SFFD Fireboat #1 
who wee most kind to some of the elderly residents of St Anne's 
Home by giving them a most enjoyable time when they visited the 
house. 

Continued blessings on you and on your staff for your many 
acts of kindness to me. I hope your present work may become 
permanent. My best to the great young lieutenant in your office 



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Chaplain 




FEDERAL PROTECTIVE SERVICE DIVISION 

SOUTHERN FIELD OPERATIONS, (9PSL) 

300 NORTH LOS ANGELES STREET, ROOM # 2335 

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA 90012 



November 17,2000 



MEMORANDUM FOR: Section Chief Bob Navarro 



FROM: Carlos L. Vazquez, Police Officer/WMD Instructor 



SUBJECT: Domestic Preparedness Course 

I appreciate you assisting me and the United States GSA-Federal Protective Service 
Police in the recent Domestic Preparedness Course. Your portion of the class was 
excellent. The ICS scenario was superb. Please also thank your partner for me who played 
the role of the PIO. I look forward in having another Domestic Preparedness Course with 
you in San Francisco for the Federal Protective Service in the near future. 



Thank you, 



Carlos L. Vazquez 



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November 28, 2000 



Paul J. Tabacco 

Acting Chief of Department 

698 Second Street 

San Francisco, C A 94107 



Dear Chief Tabacco: 



On October 12, 2000, approximately midnight, there was a family emergency. I called 
9-1-1- and the dispatcher stated the ambulance was in route, which would be 3 54 
minutes, but I heard the siren while we were talking. A team of firefighters and 
paramedics arrived at my home shortly thereafter, and took excellent care of my mother. 
They were competent, careful, concerned and courteous at all times, which I appreciated. 
They also provided excellent care on the trip to the hospital. 

My Mom was diagnosed with an ulcer. She went home three days later. Today, she feels 
wonderful. She has a couple more treatments and she should be fine. 

I work with the S.F.F.D., Human Resources Division, Secretary to the Human Resources 
Director, and I would like to acknowledge Medic 1 7 in their fast and efficient response in 
the medical care they gave my Mom. It's nice to see and experience, first-hand, the 
excellent services the Department provides to its citizens. 

On behalf of my family, I want to let you know you have a fine team working in the field, 
in your paramedic ranks. Please extend our appreciation to Paramedic Jose Valencia and 
Paramedic Peter Li. 

Sincerely, 

fa jmJjl .l^luuS 

Cecile Soliai 




DEPARTMENT OF BUILDING INSPECTION 



City & County of San Francisco 

1660 Mission Street, San Francisco, California 94103-2414 



November 21, 2000 



Acting Chief Paul Tabacco 
San Francisco Fire Department 
698 - 2 nd Street 
San Francisco, CA 94107 

Dear Chief Tabacco: 

I am writing to commend Lieutenant Fernando Juarez of your Office of Community Affairs on his 
presentations of November 7 th and 8 th to the Department of Building Inspection. All employees I 
talked to praised the Lieutenant for his highly effective presentation of very vital emergency 
information. His use of very informative visual aids and clear presentation were real attention- 
getters for all who attended his classes. 

On behalf of the Department of Building Inspection, our sincere thanks to your Department and 
Lieutenant Juarez for an excellent job; he really made this vitally important subject come alive! 

Thank you, 




Frank Y. Chiu, C.B.O. 
Director 



cc: Lieutenant Fernando Juarez 
Office of Community Affairs 
S.F. Fire Department 
698 -2 nd Street 
S.F., CA 94107 



90 Lomita Avenue 

San Francisco, CA 94122-3546 

December 1,2000 

Paul J. Tabacco 

Acting Chief of Department 

San Francisco Fire Department 

69R 2 nd Street 

San Francisco, CA 94107-2015 

Dear Mr. Tabacco, 

I wish to express my support and thanks for the San Francisco Fire Department's Neighborhood 
Emergency Response Team (NERT) training. I successfully finished the recent training at City College 
last week and the experience was phenomenal. Greg Owyang, Ed Chu and Vince Nolan are just some of 
the firefighters I would like to thank personally. They taught the curriculum in a truly informative and 
professional manner. 

The instructors, demonstrations and hands on practical training were thoroughly invaluable. To quote 
Patricia Yuen of the S.F.F.D. "NERT members are just extraordinary people who have taken the 
responsibility to learn the basic skills to be self-sufficient for 72 hours after a disaster, when city emergency 
services will be overwhelmed. In other words, while others rely on the government to help immediately 
after a disaster, N.E.R.T.'s are prepared to be self-reliant. They are leaders in their community, taking 
responsibility for the safety of themselves and their families first, and then working to help their 
neighborhoods." 

Because of this, I believe the program should be continually funded and should be given full political 
support. It is imperative that the citizens of San Francisco be prepared. NERT training goes a long way in 
making sure that goal is achieved. 

The NERT motto is "DO THE MOST GOOD FOR THE MOST PEOPLE ". In order to do the most good 
for the most people, we need your constant support for this program. 

Sincerely, 
Eugene Lee 




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SAN FRANCISCO W flRE COMMISSION 



MINUTES OF THE FIRE COMMISSION 

Special Meeting Thursday, December 21, 2000 - 9:00 a.m. 

698 Second Street, Room 221, San Francisco, CA 94107 



Item 




No 




1. On ROLL CALL, 


the following were present: 


President 


Hadley R. Roff 


Vice President 


Stephen A. Nakajo 


Commissioner 


Russell S. Roeca 


Commissioner 


Pat Norman 


Commissioner 


Carlota del Portillo 



DOCUMENTS DEPT 
JAN 2 2 2! 



Acting Chief of Department Paul J. Tabacco 

Also present: Thomas F. Norman, Co-Counsel for Horacio Candia 
Lawrence Murray, Counsel for Horacio Candia 
Marie Blits, Counsel for the Fire Commission 
Chiefs Aide Horacio Candia 



SAN FRANCISCC 
PUBLIC LIBRARY 



FORMAL HEARING AND CONTINUED COMMISSION DELIBERATIONS ON A FORMAL 
COMPLAINT FILED BY CHIEF OF DEPARTMENT AGAINST HORACIO CANDIA 

(Continued from Meetings of 5/25/00, 6/22/00, 7/13/00, 9/13/00, 9/14/00, 11/16/00, 11/21/00 
and 12/7/00). 

Formal hearing" concerning the formal complaint filed by Robert L. Demmons, Chief of 
Department, against Chiefs Aide Horacio Candia, dated May 16, 2000, for violation of the 
Rules and Regulations as follows: 

Section 3912 - Intoxicants/Drugs 

Substance Policy - Employee Refusal for Drug Test 

Any refusal to be tested will be considered an admission to the use of an 
illegal/controlled substance and/or being under the influence or consuming 
alcohol on duty. Upon refusal the member will be immediately suspended or 
recommended for termination. 

This portion of the meeting may be held in Closed Session pursuant to Government Code 
Section 54957. 

2.1. Public Comment on Closed Session for Commission Deliberations under 
Government Code 54957 

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2.2. Vote on whether to hold Closed Session 

Commissioner Roeca moved to hold Commission deliberations in closed 
session. Commission del Portillo seconded. The motion was unanimously 
approved. 

The Commission went into closed session at 9:35 a.m. 

2.3. Reconvene in Open Session 

The Commission reconvened in open session at 10:25 a.m. 

a. Vote whether to report on action taken in Closed Session, pursuant to 
Government Code Section 54957.1 and 54957.7, and San Francisco 
Administrative Code Section 67.12(b). 

Commissioner Roeca moved and Commissioner Norman seconded to report 
on action taken in closed session. The motion was unanimously approved. 

President Roff declared that after considerable deliberation, the Commission, 
by a vote of four to one, finds Chiefs Aide Horacio Candia guilty as charged 
and adopts the recommendation of the Chief of Department for termination. 

The Commission requested that Counsel for the Fire Department draft 
Proposed Findings of Fact and review them with Mr. Candia's counsel. The 
Commission requested that as many disputed items as possible be resolved 
between parties prior to the document being considered and adopted by the 
Commission. Furthermore, should Mr. Candia's counsel dispute any of the 
findings, he is requested to submit his objections at the same time the 
Proposed Findings of Fact are presented to the Commission. The Secretary 
will notify the respective parties of the date for submittal. 

The Secretary requested that the Commission confirm its four to one 
decision. The Commission unanimously confirmed the decision. 

b. Vote whether to disclose any or all Closed Session discussions, 
pursuant to San Francisco Administrative Code Section 67.12(a). 

Commissioner Roeca moved not to disclose any discussions held during the 
closed session and Commissioner Nakajo seconded. The motion was 
unanimously approved. 

3. PUBLIC COMMENT 

There was no public comment 

4. ADJOURNMENT 

There being no further business before the Commission, the special meeting was adjourned 
at 10:30 a.m. 



Tania Bauer 
Secretary 

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